The Orthopaedic Department at Southmead Hospital is world renowned for its innovation and expertise.

We are a centre of excellence in the South West, treating patients from across the region after accidents and for planned surgery.

The Avon Orthopaedic Centre is one of the largest orthopaedic centres in the South West and has an international reputation for hip and knee surgery, carrying out 1,000 knee replacements a year.

It is one of the best known foot and ankle services in Europe.

Historically, the Avon Orthopaedic Centre, has been one of the leading centres in the country for research and innovation in orthopaedic care.

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.  

Following surgery patients are given a full rehabilitation programme with physiotherapy using our on-site hydrotherapy pool and gym.

Patients are mobilised within 12 to 24 hours of surgery to encourage recovery.

There are five clean air filtered theatres helping to keep our infection rates low.

After surgery there is a 24 hour support service for GPs who need advice or information for their patients.

The orthopaedic department also provides an extensive trauma injury service working alongside expert plastic surgical and neurosurgical units within North Bristol NHS Trust.

We have an integrated and highly experienced team for hip fractures, including specialist services in lower limb reconstruction, spinal surgery and upper limb reconstruction.