About me

I specialise in hip replacement and revision surgery, and I also perform surgery for trauma and hip preservation. Since 2004 I have been a consultant at the Exeter Hip Unit, internationally renowned as a seat of best practice and innovation in hip surgery.

I am dedicated to achieving the very highest standards of safety and the best results for my patients, and I am actively involved in research, keenly following the latest developments in the field of hip surgery.

Please take a look around to get an insight into what I do, how I like to work and how I might be able to help you. If you have any questions, just get in touch.

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When choosing any service, and particularly with something as vitally important as surgery, the views of the people who have actually experienced that service are what counts. Here is a small selection of recent testimonials I have received from my patients.

Jonathan Howell has ‘given me back my life’. Being only 59 I was very distressed at the pain (both during what would be considered normal activities such as walking, digging, and at night in bed). My hip pain went immediately after the operation and within six weeks the wound pain had gone completely. I found Mr Howell very open to explaining the procedure and the potential benefits of surgery. I recommend him without qualification.

Peter Booth, April 2015

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About HIP surgery

Hip replacement surgery entered mainstream orthopaedic practice in the 1960’s and has proved to be one of the most effective operations in medical history. The surgery involves replacing a damaged hip with an artificial joint, also known as a prosthesis. This now common operation is carried out to help people who are experiencing persistent pain and having problems with everyday activities because of restricted mobility.

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Here you’ll find some of the most commonly asked questions about hip replacement surgery. If you have a question that’s not covered here, please get in touch.

Q What is a total hip replacement?

A In a total hip replacement, the ball at the top of the upper thigh bone is removed, together with damaged cartilage from the hip socket. An artificial ball is fixed into the thigh bone, and an artificial lining in the socket.

Q When should I have a hip replacement?

A It depends on how much your quality of life is being affected by pain and reduced mobility. This, together with your medical history, an examination, and X-rays will be the basis on which a recommendation for surgery is given.

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Whether you’re looking at having your surgery privately or through the NHS, all the relevant contact details are here.


To be referred to me you’ll need a letter from your GP, who holds your medical records. You simply need to make an appointment to see your GP, to discuss your situation and possible referral to me.

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