With more than 25 years at consultant level, Mr Graeme Nicholas Fernandez is one of the UK's most experienced orthopaedic surgeons. Working across BMI The Winterbourne Hospital and Circle Reading Hospital, Mr Fernandez's special interest is in shoulder surgery but he also has considerable experience in partial and total knee replacement, hip replacement, and carpal tunnel surgery. He is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes in surgery with the latest minimally-invasive techniques and surgical guidance systems, and is the recipient of four clinical excellence awards.
Mr Fernandez qualified from the University of London in 1976 and pursued specialist training in Exeter, Bath, Portsmouth, Southampton and Alton. He passed the Orthopaedic Specialty Exam FRCS Orth in Edinburgh in 1989 - one of the first in the country - and was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at Dorset County Hospital in 1993. In his capacity as Clinical Director, he spent six years overseeing the growth of the department into a centre of Orthopaedic excellence. In 2012 he founded the Dorset Orthopaedic Clinic and the Dorset Shockwave Clinic, bringing together a team of experienced specialists to provide high-quality care to patients using the latest proven treatments.
Mr Fernandez has widely published in leading orthopaedic journals and has presented at conferences in San Francisco and Basel. He also offers talks at the Dorset Orthopaedic Clinic to GPs interested in keeping up to date with modern techniques in orthopaedic surgery.
Mr Fernandez treats degenerative conditions such as arthritis as well as acute trauma and sports injuries. He has a special expertise in performing arthroscopy of the knee without a tourniquet which results in a lighter anaesthetic, faster recovery and less postoperative pain. Patients who play racquet sports or work in construction and suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome will be operated on endoscopically, as this results in reduced post-operative pain and scar sensitivity. Finally, Mr Fernandez has special interest in patient-specific instrumentation for knee replacements, which results in a more accurate fit and a shorter time in the operating room. If, on occasion, a patient's case is complex and requires care beyond his area of expertise, Mr Fernandez has a wide network of experienced colleagues to whom he can refer.