Consultant Orthopaedic & Specialist Upper limb Surgeon
Mr Alistair Jepson is an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in all upper limb conditions, from collarbone to fingers, with over 14 years’ experience as a Consultant. His passion for his chosen specialisms of shoulder, elbow, hand, and wrist surgery is evidenced by the extremely thorough and understanding approach he takes to each patient. His confident diagnostic skills are matched by his surgical expertise and meticulous explanations at every step of any procedure. He has held the position of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Northampton General Hospital since November 2005 and set up his private practice in 2006. He numbers several professional sportspeople among his patients and enjoys teaching trainee surgeons and medical students.
In 1994, specialist upper limb surgeon Mr Alistair Jepson graduated from the University of Birmingham, before undertaking his postgraduate surgical training at Guy’s & St. Thomas’, St Mary’s, and Chelsea & Westminster hospitals among others in the London area. He undertook his specialist orthopaedic training on the renowned North West Thames Orthopaedic Rotation before studying on two fellowships: an upper limb fellowship in Brisbane, Australia, which was followed by a UK hand fellowship at Derby’s Pulvertaft Hand Centre.
In 2005, he took up his current role as consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Northampton General NHS Trust and his workload is currently split between his duties there and his private practice, the Upper Limb Clinic, which he established in 2006 and is based at the Ramsay Woodland Hospital in Kettering and the BMI Three Shires Hospital in Northampton.
From early in his specialist training, Mr Jepson opted to focus on upper limb conditions and with the benefit of 14 years plus experience behind him, he is an expert in treating a wide range of conditions, both surgically and non-surgically, including: frozen shoulder, tennis and golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff impingement, carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndromes, Dupuytren’s contracture (fingers permanently bent in a flexed position), thumb & finger joint arthritis, fractures and sports injuries.
Although the majority of his patients have incurred their injuries in the course of everyday life, sports injuries make up a large proportion of his caseload. Professional sportspeople from Bedford Blues Rugby Club and Northampton County Cricket Club, together with badminton and tennis players, swimmers and racing drivers have all benefited from his care.
Mr Jepson uses the latest techniques to carry out surgery with arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) being frequently used for shoulder, elbow and wrist joints, and open surgery favoured for fixation of upper limb fractures and joint replacement. In addition, where appropriate, he will use other innovative procedures such as minimally invasive fracture fixation and hydrodistension (an injection performed under ultrasound) for treating frozen shoulder. Using the latest minimally invasive techniques means recoveries are quicker and stays in hospital minimised. Mr Jepson is also one of only a handful of UK surgeons providing joint replacement surgery for arthritis at the base of the thumb.
He is a member of several professional bodies, including: the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, the British Orthopaedic Association, the British Medical Association, and the British Shoulder & Elbow Society. Within his role at Northampton General NHS Trust, he is involved in teaching students and trainee surgeons.
From first consultation to aftercare, Mr Jepson provides patient-centred, personal care, combining the use of the latest imaging technology to diagnose a condition with his enormous surgical skill and total dedication to deliver best outcomes for his patients time after time.