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Duncan J Watkinson: Consultant Shoulder Surgeon, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Consultant Shoulder Surgeon, Portsmouth, Hampshire: Duncan J Watkinson
Consultant Shoulder Surgeon, Portsmouth, Hampshire: Duncan J Watkinson

A Portsmouth-based shoulder and elbow specialist offering expert treatment for upper limb conditions, including shoulder arthritis, sports injuries, tennis elbow and rotator cuff tears, using the latest arthroscopic and joint replacement techniques.

Mr Duncan Watkinson is Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.  He provides private shoulder and elbow surgery at Spire Portsmouth Hospital.

Duncan J Watkinson: Rotator cuff tear
Rotator cuff tear

A specialist in shoulder and elbow arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement

Following his medical and orthopaedic training in Newcastle and Southampton, Mr Watkinson undertook an advanced training Fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery with Professor Pascal Boileau in Nice, France, one of the world's leading shoulder and arthroscopic (keyhole) surgeons.  Focusing exclusively on the treatment of shoulder and elbow conditions in both his NHS and private practice, Mr Watkinson always aims to use minimally invasive keyhole techniques wherever possible, carrying out more than 75% of operations arthroscopically.

Mr Watkinson also has a specialist expertise in shoulder and elbow joint replacement surgery, offering the advanced reverse shoulder replacement technique suitable for patients with large rotator cuff tears.  In addition to reverse shoulder replacement, his research interests include arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and the treatment of complex ligament injuries of the elbow.

Shoulder and elbow conditions treated by Mr Duncan Watkinson

Mr Watkinson offers expert assessment and treatment for the full range of conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears and tendonitis
  • Cuff tear arthritis
  • Shoulder dislocations and instability
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fractures and traumatic injury
  • Sports injuries
  • Acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) arthritis
  • Tennis elbow and golfer's elbow
  • Biceps tendon injuries
  • Elbow dislocations and ligament injuries
  • Ulnar nerve compression

Duncan J Watkinson: Arthroscopic cuff repair
Arthroscopic cuff repair

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is a painful and common condition caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm.  Most cases of tennis elbow will resolve themselves in time, however the condition can be persistent and disabling in some people. 

Where regular non-surgical treatments such as physiotherapy, corticosteroid injections and shock wave therapy have failed to make an impact, Mr Watkinson is able to offer the latest Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.  Platelets, that provide many factors that are important for the healing of tissues, are isolated from a sample of the patient's blood using a centrifuge and are injected into the injured tendon.  PRP therapy is still a new therapy, however early studies have shown it to be an effective treatment for tennis elbow.

Duncan J Watkinson: Reverse shoulder replacement
Reverse shoulder replacement

An expert in reverse shoulder replacement surgery in Portsmouth

Until recently patients with severe arthritis of the shoulder who had large tears in the group of muscles and tendons that act as stabilisers for the shoulder joint (rotator cuff) were not suitable for conventional shoulder replacement surgery and had to live with the pain and immobility associated with the condition.  The development of the reverse geometry shoulder replacement technique, where the socket part of the joint is replaced with an artificial ball and the ball part of the joint (humeral head) is replaced with an artificial socket, offers an effective treatment for this group of patients and is also suitable for those with complex trauma.

Awarded the Charles Neer Award for Shoulder Surgery by the American Shoulder and Elbow Society in 2005 for his work on reverse shoulder replacement surgery, Mr Watkinson is a leading proponent of the technique in the UK and is the author of the relevant chapter in the Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics.
















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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Fax: 023 9235 2206

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Web: www.elbowandshoulderspecialist.com 


Areas of expertise

Treatments offered

Shoulder problems

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

  • Arthroscopic decompression

  • Acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) excision

  • Arthroscopic stabilisation

  • Arthroscopic capsular release

  • Total shoulder replacement

  • Reverse geometry shoulder replacement

  • Therapeutic injections

  • Fracture surgery (collar-bone, shoulder, humerus)


Elbow problems

  • Arthroscopic osteocapsular release

  • Ulnar nerve decompression
  • Ligament surgery
  • Fracture surgery
  • Therapeutic injections
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy


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