Nick Fernandez
MBBS FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Orth)

Nick Fernandez is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon. His special interest is in shoulder surgery. In addition he has extensive experience in general orthopaedic surgery of the upper and lower limb including the more specialist techniques of joint replacement and arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery. He has wide experience of trauma surgery and sports injuries.

Mr Fernandez qualified in 1976 at the Royal London Hospital. Following general surgical training in Exeter and Poole, he qualified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in London. He then trained extensively in various Orthopaedic Centres of Excellence, including Exeter, Bath, Portsmouth, Southampton and Alton. He was one of the first orthopaedic specialists to pass the Orthopaedic Specialty Exam FRCS Orth in Edinburgh.

Focusing on musculoskeletal problems of the upper and lower limbs, Mr Fernandez treats trauma injuries caused by sport or accidents, as well as degenerative problems such as arthritis. He is an experienced joint replacement surgeon (hips, knees and shoulders) and uses the most up-to-date replacement technology and skills. He believes in a holistic approach and has a network of experienced colleagues to whom he will refer patients with complex problems beyond his areas of expertise.

He has a special interest in the shoulder and in minimally invasive surgery, including arthroscopic (keyhole) techniques. He has extensive experience in keyhole carpal tunnel release and has presented results at regional meetings. Arthroscopic surgery can result in minimal scarring and speedier recovery rates than more traditional ‘open surgery’. It is especially effective in some shoulder surgery, including decompression of the rotator cuff and stabilising shoulders that can be prone to dislocation. He is currently using the latest surgical guidance systems for total knee replacement involving custom made cutting jigs made from 3D MRI scans.

He regularly visits other surgeons throughout Europe and North America to ensure he remains up-to-date with the newest techniques. Mr Fernandez has also published numerous articles and presented papers at conferences and meetings around the world.

Mr Fernandez was appointed to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester in 1993 and resigned in 2015. He now consults and operates at BMI the Winterbourne Hospital in Dorchester, and Circle Hospital in Reading.

Areas of expertise

  • Shoulder surgery
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint replacement
  • Arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery
  • General orthopaedic surgery
  • Trauma surgery

Professional memberships

  • British Medical Association (BMA)
  • British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • British Orthopaedic Association