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Chris Little: Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, Oxford

Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, Oxford: Chris Little
Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, Oxford: Chris Little
An Oxford-based upper limb surgeon offering expert treatment of simple and complex conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow, including arthritis, rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement and shoulder instability, using the full range of modern surgical techniques.

Mr Chris Little is Consultant Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and in the Trauma Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.  He provides private treatment for shoulder and elbow problems at the Nuffield Manor Hospital in Oxford.

An experienced shoulder and elbow surgeon

Mr Little graduated from Bristol University, undertaking his basic surgical training in Bristol and Gloucester, before completing his orthopaedic and trauma surgery training in Oxford.  Specialising in upper limb surgery, as a Clinical Lecturer at Oxford University he won the Lipman-Kessel prize for his research into patient-reported outcomes of elbow surgery, before gaining experience as a consultant in the Oxford Trauma Service and at the University Hospital in Coventry.

Mr Little was appointed a consultant in hand and upper limb surgery at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, an internationally recognised centre for the treatment of bone and joint problems, in 2006.  In private practice, he offers expert assessment and treatment of shoulder and elbow conditions using the very latest open, arthroscopic and joint replacement techniques, as part of a high quality and patient-focused service.

Shoulder and elbow conditions treated by Mr Chris Little

Mr Little offers assessment and treatment for a comprehensive range of conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow, including:

  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Elbow arthritis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) disorders
  • Shoulder instability
  • Tennis and golfer's elbow

Expert treatment for rotator cuff problems in Oxford

The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that attach the arm to the top of the shoulder blade, allowing it to move in a controlled way.  These tendons can become inflamed as a result of injury or overuse, lessening the space in which the tendons and muscles can move and causing them to become trapped and even more irritated in a condition known as impingement.  It is also possible to tear a tendon completely, either as a result of an accident, or, in older people, as the result of existing impingement and general wear and tear.  Symptoms of rotator cuff disorders include pain when lifting the arm above shoulder level, pain when moving the arm in an arc away from the body, pain at night, weakness in the arm and shoulder, and a popping sensation in the shoulder.

Actively involved in research into rotator cuff repair and the teaching of surgical techniques to medical students and orthopaedic trainees, Mr Little offers expert assessment and treatment for rotator cuff disorders. In cases of Impingement and small rotator cuff tears, conservative treatment involving activity modification, anti-inflammatory painkillers and, if necessary, corticosteroid injections, is usually recommended. For larger tears and symptoms that fail to respond to non-surgical treatment, Mr Little offers arthroscopic (keyhole) repair and reattachment of the rotator cuff tendons to the upper arm.  During the procedure, he also removes any loose fragments from the joint and treats any impingement by shaving down the bone or removing bony spurs.

Performed through several small incisions, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair results in less surgical trauma and less scarring compared to open surgery, and many patients are able to go home the same day as the procedure.  Open surgery may be the best option for very large tears, however, and Mr Little is able to give his expert opinion in each individual case.

GMC Number:               4032461            Check this doctor's GMC registration

Date of registration:    03 Aug 1994

Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals

Mr Chris Little is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Health

Nuffield admitting rights


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                                                                   Nuffield Manor Hospital

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

Tel: 07941 768605

Fax: 07092 160829


Treatments offered

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Arthroscopic capsular release

  • Shoulder stabilisation surgery
  • Shoulder replacement

  • Elbow replacement
  • Acromioclavicular joint excision

  • Tennis elbow release

Qualifications and memberships


  • FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)
  • FRCS (Eng.)
  • MBChB
  • BSc (Hons)

Places of work

Nuffield Manor Hospital, Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

Tel:        07941 768605

Fax:       07092 160829