Simon has been a consultant at London Bridge Hospital since 2005. He’s been in full-time private practice since 2011, having previously been Clinical Director of Orthopaedics at Barts, and part of the trauma team at The Royal London, one of the busiest trauma centres in the UK, and where London’s HEMS helicopter is based.
Simon deals with problems affecting shoulders, elbows and hands. He has strong links with London’s physiotherapy and Sports Medicine community, knowing that a multidisciplinary team approach results in the best patient outcomes.
Non-operative treatment is often the best and first line approach to recovery from upper limb problems, even if an operation is sometimes required along the way. Keyhole surgery is great, but conventional techniques still have their place, and his plastic surgical fellowship helps make tidy scars!
He can help with all upper limb problems from collarbones downwards. At the shoulder: fractures, dislocations, rotator cuff tendon tears, bursitis, ‘impingement’ (this is actually vanishingly rare!), gym pains, pec tears, frozen shoulder and calcifying tendonitis. At the elbow: biceps ruptures, tennis elbow, stiffness, instability, olecranon bursitis. In the hand: trapped nerves (carpal tunnel), ganglions and other lumps, Dupuytrens contracture, arthritis, trigger fingers, typing pains. Don’t forget that arm pain can also be caused by problems higher up, so he sometimes starts investigations with a neck scan.
Simon’s main practice is at The Shard, and he is also in the West End at OneWelbeck too. He has a busy clinic but is always able to see patients urgently if required. He is incredibly personable and liked by everyone he meets. You’ll often find hospital staff, and GPs coming to see him, amongst film and TV personalities. He is one of the most experienced consultants at LBO; his clinics are professional but relaxed, with long appointments so there is always time to get to the bottom of the problem.Further information on Mr Simon Owen-Johnstone can be found on their website.