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Mr Peter Brownson

Mr Peter Brownson
Job title
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Primary specialtyOrthopaedic Surgery
• DM
• FRCS (Orth)
Year qualified
Date of GMC registration (dd/mm/yyyy)
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Mr Peter Brownson DM, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Orth) is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon for The Royal Liverpool And Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and runs a private practice at Lourdes Hospital, Liverpool. Mr Brownson is an expert in shoulder and elbow surgery, particularly arthroscopic surgery. Mr Brownson studied medicine at Liverpool University and qualified as a doctor in 1986. He was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1991, after which he undertook a period of orthopaedic research at Nottingham University. This research involved impact biomechanics as applied to aircraft passenger safety. It culminated in the submission of his doctoral thesis and the award of an MD. The research also resulted in him being awarded an Honorarium in the Syme Professorship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the crash brace position proposed, was subsequently, adopted by the Civil Aviation Authority, for use on all passenger aircraft. Mr Brownson continued his orthopaedic training in Nottingham, during which time he acquired extensive experience in trauma surgery, working at the Queens Medical Centre (one of the busiest trauma hospitals in Europe with a worldwide reputation as a Centre of Excellence for trauma). At the end of his training, he developed a particular interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. In order to develop his skills in this area, Mr Brownson obtained an appointment as the Shoulder Fellow in the Nottingham Shoulder and Elbow Unit, which is run under the direction of Professor WA Wallace. During this time, Mr Brownson acquired specialist experience in all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery. After completing his orthopaedic training in Nottingham, Mr Brownson was appointed as a consultant surgeon in Liverpool with a specialist interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. His initial appointment was at the University Hospital Aintree, but subsequently his practice moved to the Royal Liverpool Hospital where he worked with his colleagues to develop the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit. The unit has achieved an international reputation as a Centre for Excellence in the field of shoulder and elbow surgery and particularly with regards to arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery. Mr Brownson has achieved both national and international recognition as being at the forefront of arthroscopic (keyhole) surgical techniques. As a result of this, he was awarded the Travelling Fellowship of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society in 2002. Mr Brownson is frequently asked to lecture on both trauma and upper limb related courses at both national and international meetings. His technical skills are highly regarded and as a consequence of this he is regularly asked to carry out live surgical demonstrations of advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery techniques. Within the last 12 months, he has carried out such demonstrations on shoulder courses in Annecy (France), Naples (Italy), Reading, Manchester and Exeter.  
Clinical interests
Research, publications and training Mr Brownson continues to be actively involved in upper limb research and has recently published a number of papers relating to the arthroscopic treatment of common shoulder surgery problems: • "Arthroscopic stabilisation of the shoulder: a prospective randomised study of absorbable versus non-absorbable suture anchors. Results of a 5-year follow up", published in the journal of arthroscopy 2006 • "Arthroscopic release of frozen shoulder: a prospective randomised study comparing two types of rehabilitation regime" - British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) Telford 2007, and International Conference of Shoulder Surgery (ICSS) Brazil 2007. Mr Brownson is the Course Director of the Liverpool Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy Course which is one of the largest arthroscopic shoulder surgery courses outside of the United States and he is also the Course Director of the AO Liverpool Shoulder and Elbow Trauma Course which was the first course of its type ever to be awarded AO recognition.  
Professional memberships
• Course Director, Liverpool Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy Course
• Course Director, AO Liverpool Shoulder and Elbow Trauma Course
• Fellow, British Elbow and Shoulder Society, 2002
• Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
No. of key procedures performed
495 per year
Outcome Data/Success Rates
The outcome following arthroscopic shoulder stabilisation was reviewed in Liverpool. These results formed part of a randomised prospective controlled trial published in the Journal of Arthroscopy in 2006. Data confirmed that at a mean follow up period of 4 years, the redislocation rate was below 10%.

Arthroscopic release for frozen shoulder formed part of a prospective randomised study. These results have been presented at the Bristish Elbow and Shoulder Society meeting in Telford in 2007. The results confirmed that over 90% of patients benefited from artnroscopic release within 4 weeks of surgery. There was further improvement at the 3 months stage, with an improvement in all for up to 12 months.
NHS Hospital
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Private hospital/Private clinic
Lourdes Hospital
57 Greenbank Road
L18 1HQ
Mr Peter Brownson
57 Greenbank Road
L18 1HQ
United Kingdom
Private practice tel:
0151 522 1810
Call for appointments:
0151 522 1810
0151 522 1838