The North Bristol NHS Trust Avon Orthopaedic Centre (AOC) at Southmead Hospital Bristol is a centre of excellence in the South West.
It is the largest orthopaedic centre in the region and has an international reputation for hip and knee surgery, carrying out 1,000 knee replacements a year.
With 745 members of staff, it provides an extensive joint replacement service for both routine and complex joint replacements, in particular revision arthroplasty hips, knees, ankles and shoulders as well as upper limb surgery.
The AOC is also home to a specialist foot and ankle service recognised as a national and international base of expertise.
In addition to clinical work, the Avon Orthopaedic Centre has a strong partnership with Bristol University in researching Orthopaedic Surgery, led by Professor Ashley Blom.