Elbow and Wrist Arthroplasty Masterclass

Students studying the MCh (Orth) course at the University Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery (UDOTS), were treated to a day of lectures from two world-renowned orthopaedic surgeons from Wrightington Hospital, Professor Ian Trail and Professor John Stanley (pictured right, with Mrs Linda Johnston of UDOTS), on the 10th October 2019.

Professor Trail gave two lectures on ‘Treatment Options for the Arthritic Elbow’ and ‘Improving Outcomes of Total Elbow Replacement’ whilst Professor Stanley presented talks on ‘Wrist Arthroplasty & Wrist Arthroscopy’.

Professor Ian Trail has been a Consultant at Wrightington Hospital for almost eighteen years and is currently the Senior Clinician and ‘Head of Service’. Professor Trail also practices at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, at the University of Manchester and the University of Central Lancashire. Nationally, he currently serves on the Councils of the British Society of Surgery of the Hand and the British Orthopaedic Association. He has been elected to serve as Editor of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow. He has also been involved in the development of several new joint replacements used widely in the shoulder, elbow and hand. He has also helped to develop new operations and new systems for treating injuries to the hand and wrist, including fractures.

Professor John Stanley is a world authority in the field of hand surgery and has pioneered numerous techniques. He is an internationally acclaimed surgeon who set up the Wrightington Upper Limb Unit in 1979. In 1996 Dr Stanley was made a professor by the University of Manchester and he was elected a member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006. He can be credited with developing five surgical procedures and seven joints or gadgets which are now used as standard in operations around the world. Professor Stanley is now retired from surgical practice but still teaches around the country.

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Professor John Stanley and Professor Ian Trail (centre) with the MCh (Orth) students. 

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director University Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery (UDOTS), stated:

“I had the great privilege of working alongside both Professor Stanley and Professor Trail during my Fellowship at Wrightington Hospital in 2012-13. It was a dream come true for me to learn from the doyens of Upper Limb Surgery as every day was a Masterclass in itself. A lot what I practice today is what they and others in Wrightington Upper Limb Unit taught me during that time. Despite me leaving Wrightington nearly five years ago, Professor Trail was kind enough to be my referee for the Director post for University Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery (UDOTS).

I had the pleasure of taking them for dinner on the eve of the lectures. It was an excellent hour and a half with them and another NHS Tayside colleague Mr Carlos Wigderowitz at the Invercarse Hotel. We shared some fond memories from my time in Wrightington, I updated them with my progress and visualised life in Scotland after Brexit while enjoying some excellent food.

“We are absolutely delighted and humbled that every year both Professor Trail and Professor Stanley make time in their busy schedules to come all the way to Dundee to share their combined orthopaedic knowledge with our MCh (Orth) students. Like every year, this year’s students were amazed with the quality of knowledge, the two Profs shared with them. The student feedback has been excellent.”

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Left to Right: Professor Ian Trail, Professor John Stanley and Mr Arpit Jariwala.


“The method of presentation was excellent”

“The Professors are well experienced, so the lecture series was perfect”