Mr. Richard G. DiasConsultant Orthopaedic Hand & Upper Limb Surgeon

Mr. Richard G. Dias

Richard Dias developed an interest in Hand and Upper Limb Surgery very early in his career while doing Plastic Surgery as an Intern in 1990. After his basic surgical training he completed his Specialist Training on the Birmingham Orthopaedic Training Programme. He went on to do a Hand Fellowship at the Pulvertaft Hand Centre under the mentorship of Professor Frank Burke, followed by an Upper Limb Fellowship and finally took up post as a Consultant Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon in Wolverhampton.

During his hand fellowship he had the opportunity to work with Professor F Burke and Dr M. Garcia-Elias, both of whom are internationally renowned for their contributions to the development of hand and wrist surgery.

As a consultant he continuously attempts to update his knowledge and techniques thereby giving the best possible care to his patients. As a consultant he has travelled around Europe to learn and evaluate new techniques in hand and upper limb surgery, that he could offer his patients. As a visiting surgeon he has spent time with Dr S O’Driscoll(elbow surgery) at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA, Professor O Levy (shoulder surgery) at the Reading Shoulder Unit and Professor Lennard Funk (shoulder surgery) in Manchester.

He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham,UK and the Clinical Lead for orthopaedic undergraduate education at his institution. He also mentors physiotherapists for their MSc degree.He is very involved in teaching and education and participates as faculty in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

He is a perfectionist by nature and tailor-makes his treatment and rehabilitation to his patients needs so as to give them the best possible outcome. This becomes increasingly important in the treatment and rehabilitation of elite athletes where their sporting requirements and training schedules demand an accelerated phase of rehabilitation following surgery.

Current Post

  • Consultant Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Birmingham,UK

Qualifications

MBBS, FRCS Glasg (Tr & Orth)

Fellowship Trained

  • Hand and Wrist Surgery
  • Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Current Practice

Mr Richard Dias has an elective practice that is predominantly Hand and Upper Limb surgery. The procedures he commonly offers in his practice are:

Hand

  • Surgery for Dupuytrens disease
  • Peripheral Nerve surgery - carpal tunnel decompression
  • Tendon surgery and reconstruction
  • Soft tissue, bony surgery and joint replacements for the Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritic hand
  • Posttraumatic bony and soft tissue reconstruction

Wrist

  • Surgery for the Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritic wrist
  • Wrist arthroscopy
  • De Quervain’s release
  • Ganglion surgery
  • Wrist Denervation
  • Posttraumatic bony and soft tissue reconstruction

Shoulder

  • Arthroscopic subacromial decompression and A-C joint excision
  • Arthroscopic stabilisation
  • Arthroscopic cuff repairs
  • Arthroscopic release of frozen shoulder
  • Arthroplasty of the shoulder including resurfacing arthroplasty

Elbow

  • Ulnar Nerve decompression and transposition
  • Arthroscopic elbow surgery
  • Total elbow replacement
  • O-K Procedure
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow surgery
  • Post traumatic soft tissue releases and reconstruction

Medicolegal Practice

Mr Richard Dias has a medicolegal practice that is well established. He tends to prepare reports that are within his specialist interests. Appointments will be sent on receipt of intructions and medical records and acceptance of fees. Reports will be issued within 8 weeks of consultation. For Medicolegal appointments please call Mrs D Thomas on or email: [javascript protected email address].

Publications

Presentations

International

  • Correlation of the macroscopic appearance of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel and pre-operative nerve conduction studies: evidence for the use of ultrasound in carpal tunnel syndrome. FESSH June 2015.
  • Median nerve poster - FEESH June 2015.
  • Tumours presenting to an elctive upper limb clinic - FESSH June 2015.
  • The TUBIGLOVE- a novel means of support in hand injuries. 10th Panhellenic Polythematic Congress of the Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology Society of Crete. 25-27 May 2007
  • The use of precontoured anatomic plates in the treatment of midshaft clavicle fractures. European Federation of National association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFFORT) – Florence 15th May 2007
  • Ulnar Collateral Injury of the thumb in children – An easy injury to miss. 7th European Trauma Congress 14th-17th May 2006 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Early results of a new surgical technique for four-corner limited wrist fusion in the SNAC wrist – Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH) 15-18th June 2005 – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • How safe is the Median Nerve: A cadaveric study assessing the accuracy of injection into the carpal tunnel (Poster) – Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH) 15-18th June 2005 – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Trigger Finger Injections - In or Out of the Sheath: A Cadaveric Dissection (Poster) - Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH) 15-18th June 2005 – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Is the inside out technique of carpal tunnel decompression Safe? (Poster). Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH) 15-18th June 2005 – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Trapeziectomy and APL Suspensioplasty (Poster). Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH) 15-18th June 2005 – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Early results of a new surgical technique for four-corner limited wrist fusion in the SNAC wrist (Poster). European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT). 4-7th June 2005, Lisbon, Portugal
  • A novel patient based scoring system for post Trapeziectomy patients. Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association 14th Triennial Congress, Kuala Lumpur, 6th September 2004
  • Is the inside out technique of carpal tunnel decompression Safe? Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association 14th Triennial Congress, Kuala Lumpur, 6th September 2004
  • Early outcome of partial fasciectomy without Z plasty in treating Dupuytrens disease. Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association 14th Triennial Congress, Kuala Lumpur, 6th September 2004
  • Early outcome of Dupuytren’s release without Z plasty – International Federation Society for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH), Budapest, 16th June 2004
  • Ten Year Survivorship of the Original M.E.Muller Straight Stem Total Hip Replacement System. SAG Meeting – Istanbul 21st June 2002
  • Serological detection of Gram-Positive bacterial infection of prosthetic joints. The International Chemotherapy Conference (ICC) – The International Convention Centre, Birmingham. 5th July 1999
  • Macrodactyly – Ten Years Experience. Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand. (FESSH) – Beethovenhalle Bonn. 28th May 1999

National

  • Recognising anatomical variance in median nerve lesions and the effect on hand function and potential treatments. The British Anatomical Society, 15-16th December 2014.
  • The effect of bipedalism on the development of knee osteoarthritis. The British Anatomical Society, 15-16th December 2014
  • Social media for continuing surgical education. The Royal College of Surgeons faculty of surgical trainers conference. 20th October 2013
  • Understanding how to determine the training needs of Foundation Trainees. The Annual Birmingham Conference. 20th May 2010 ​​
  • A survival analysis of orthopaedic patients with Clostridium Difficile Infection – a 2 centre study. British Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress 2008, Liverpool
  • The TUBIGLOVE- a novel means of support in hand injuries. British Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress 2007, Manchester
  • The use of precontoured anatomic plates in the treatment of midshaft clavicle fractures. British Trauma Society Annual Clinical Meeting, Nottingham – 4th October 2007
  • Short-term results of a pre-contoured, low profile clavicle plate (poster). British Orthopaedic Association Congress, Glasglow . 27th –29th September 2006
  • A modification of the ballotment test in distal radio-ulnar joint instability. British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). 3rd November 2005
  • The Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Wrist joint – Do we really understand it? British Association of Clinical Anatomists. 21st December 2004
  • The trans-retinacular, extracompartmental, subperiosteal dorsal approach to the wrist: A new approach using an osteotomy of Listers tubercle. British Association of Clinical Anatomists. 21st December 2004
  • How safe is the Median Nerve: A cadaveric study assessing the accuracy of injection into the carpal tunnel (Poster). British Association of Clinical Anatomists. 21st December 2004
  • Who needs a Hand Surgeon? British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). 4th-5th November 2004
  • Outcome of Dupuytrens Release without Z Plasty. British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). 4th-5th November 2004
  • Is the inside out technique of Carpal Tunnel Decompression Safe? British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). 4th-5th November 2004
  • How safe is the Median Nerve: A cadaveric study assessing the accuracy of injection into the carpal tunnel. British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). 4th -5th November 2004
  • Trigger Finger Injections - In or Out of the Sheath: A Cadaveric Dissection (Poster). British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). 4th-5th November 2004
  • Back in trouble clinics – An effective method of reducing fracture clinic attendances. British Trauma Society Annual Meeting (BTS), London. 2nd October 2003
  • Welcome to the Wild Wild West Midlands – British Trauma Society 2003 Annual Meeting (BTS), London. 2nd October 2003
  • Ten Year Survivorship of the Original M.E. Muller Straight Stem Total Hip Replacement System. British Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress (BOA), ICC, Birmingham. 17th September 2003
  • Macrodactyly – Options for Management. The British Society for Surgery of the Hand. (BSSH) – Bristol, UK. 29th April 2001
  • Post mastectomy breast reconstruction using a TRAM Flap. The VIII South Zone Conference of the Association of Surgeons of India, Madras. August 1992

Regional

  • The Forgotten Tendon - Diagnostic difficulties in the radiological assessment of subscapularis tendon tears. Naughton Dunn Club Meeting - 13th June 2014
  • The use of precontoured anatomic plates in the treatment of midshaft clavicle fractures. East Midlands Orthopaedic Research Meeting, Mansfield – 10th November 2006
  • Trapeziometacarpal Arthrodesis –OA Thumb Study Day for Therapists – Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Derby, 11th October 2005
  • Arthrodesis for Basal Thumb Arthritis - Derby Hand Club Meeting 29-30th September 2005
  • Ultrasound study of Percutaneous Trigger Finger Release - Derby Hand Club Meeting 29-30th September 2005
  • How safe is the Median Nerve: A cadaveric study assessing the accuracy of injection into the carpal tunnel. Naughton Dunn Club Meeting, ROH, Birmingham, 20th November 2004
  • Integrated Care Pathways in Fractured Neck of Femur – What’s the point? – Naughton Dunn Club Meeting, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, 22nd November 2003
  • Welcome to the Wild Wild West Midlands – Gun Shot Injuries in Trauma and Orthopaedics. The Naughton Dunn Club Meeting – Coventry and Warwickshire 26th April 2003
  • Back in trouble clinics – An effective method of reducing fracture clinic attendances. The Naughton Dunn Club Meeting – Coventry and Warwickshire 26th April 2003
  • Ten Year Survivorship of the Original M.E. Muller Straight Stem Total Hip Replacement System. The Naughton Dunn Club Meeting – Oswestry 13th April 2002
  • An interesting series of foreign bodies in the hand. The Association of Surgeons of India, Karnataka Chapter, Bangalore. January 1992
  • Aggressive enteral feeding in burns and its outcome on wound healing, the need for secondary procedures and the length of hospital stay. Surgical Conference, St Johns Medical College, Bangalore, India. January 1993

Professional Memberships

  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasglow
  • The British Orthopaedic Association
  • The British Elbow and Shoulder Society
  • The General Medical Council
  • The Medical Defence Union

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