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Duncan J Watkinson: Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Elbow Specialist, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Duncan J Watkinson
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Elbow Specialist, Portsmouth, Hampshire: Duncan J Watkinson

Specialist in arthroscopic (key-hole) shoulder and elbow surgery, and reverse shoulder replacement.


Duncan Watkinson MB BS, FRCS(Tr & Orth) is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital and Spire Hospital Portsmouth.


He qualified as a doctor from Newcastle University in 1992 and moved to Southampton to undertake his higher surgical training on the Wessex Orthopaedic Rotation. He completed his training in shoulder and elbow surgery with a nine month fellowship in France, working with Professor Boileau. This allowed him to learn the latest keyhole techniques from one of the world's leading arthroscopic surgeons.


Arthroscopic surgery

Mr Watkinson now specialises exclusively in shoulder and elbow problems and trauma. He places a strong emphasis on modern key-hole techniques and performs over three quarters of all operations arthroscopically. This has a number of potential benefits for patients including less scarring, less post-operative pain, and a more rapid recovery.


Shoulder and elbow replacement surgery

Mr Watkinson is an expert in conventional shoulder and elbow replacement surgery for both arthritis and complex fractures, but he has a particular interest in reverse shoulder replacement (RSR). He has published several papers on this subject, including a seminal article on the design and biomechanics of RSR. He is also the author of the chapter on reverse geometry shoulder replacement in the new edition of the Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics.


In 2005 he won the American Shoulder and Elbow Society’s prestigious Charles Neer Award for Shoulder Surgery for his work on reverse shoulder replacements.


Clinical interests

- Arthroscopic cuff repair

- Arthroscopic osteocapsular release for elbow arthritis

- Reverse shoulder replacement



















GMC Number:                 3613599            Check this doctor's GMC registration

Date of Registration:     1 Aug 1993 

Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals

Duncan Watkinson is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Spire Healthcare


Spire admitting rights


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Areas of expertise

Qualifications and memberships


  •  MB BS
  •  FRCS(Tr & Orth)


Professional memberships


Places of work

Private treatment

Spire Portsmouth Hospital, Bartons Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5NP

Tel: 023 9245 6000


NHS treatment

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road,
, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY 

Tel: 023 9228 6000