The Bone and Joint Centre Celebrates the Years of Success

The Bone and Joint Centre at Spire Liverpool Hospital is set to celebrate its ninth birthday. The team of renowned orthopaedic surgeons, established the centre of excellence in 2006.


Spire Liverpool Hospital's Bone and Joint Centre offers a 'one-stop shop' orthopaedic service

Managing partner and Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon Mr Peter Brownson said: “This centre has gone from strength to strength, developing the services we provide and becoming recognised across the region as being at the forefront of bone and joint care.

“We are driven by the ambition to continue to break new ground in the field of bone and joint care, providing innovative approaches to surgery and care for the benefit of our patients and, at the same time, contributing to the development of orthopaedic medicine.”

Mr Brownson, 51, has been contributing to his field for more than 20 years, devising the universally applied crash-brace position for aircraft passengers in 1994, following the Kegworth air disaster a few years earlier, and working at the forefront of keyhole shoulder surgery to change the lives of many of his patients.

While his enthusiasm for his own specialty – upper limb surgery – has led him to international acclaim, little did he realise, when he was just 10 years old and dreaming of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon that he would have such an impact on the world in which we live.

An orthopaedic surgeon may be an unconventional childhood ambition but Mr Brownson explains: “My mother had a congenital hip problem, meaning she had arthritis from a very young age. I will always remember visiting her after a successful hip replacement and seeing her smile beaming across her face.

“I asked her how she felt and she told me that for the first time in years she felt no pain; it was then that I realised that this was what I wanted to do in life. I thought that if orthopaedic surgery could deliver such relief that I had to share it with as many people as I could.”

Now a leading orthopaedic surgeon, the father of two sons has fulfilled his childhood ambition. However, he still dreams of more.

“We have come such as long way in orthopaedic surgery in the past 20 years,” he said. “Look at my own specialty – upper limb. Not too long ago everything was ‘frozen’ shoulder and patients had to just live with it. Now, there is so much more we can do and in the future we will be able to treat an even wider range of conditions and injuries.”

Mr Brownson himself was at the forefront of the revolution in upper limb surgery, pioneering advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery techniques with keyhole surgery.

“Developments in this area continue and this is a very exciting time for us at the Bone and Joint Centre at Spire Liverpool Hospital,” he said.

“Spire Liverpool Hospital has achieved a reputation as a centre for excellence in the field of shoulder and elbow surgery and particularly with regards to arthroscopic surgery. Our surgical and clinical staff are at the vanguard of the field and I am very proud of the work we are doing.”

Mr Brownson’s surgical skills have consolidated his international acclaim. Regularly asked to carry out live demonstrations of advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery techniques around the world, the Liverpool based consultant describes being asked by his peers to share his expertise as both humbling and some of his proudest moments in medicine.

As well as leading the Bone and Joint Centre, he is a Consultant at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and he directs and lectures on courses at Liverpool University’s medical school.

Other links to the city include his work with Liverpool Football Club, as the Premier League team’s official upper limb surgeon. Mr Brownson also treats several other elite athletes, including footballers from five other Premiership clubs.

“This is a genuine privilege,” he said. “To be asked to take care of elite athletes is a great endorsement, as the speed at which they recover is vital and to be depended upon in this situation demonstrates how highly regarded the work we do is.”

Mr Brownson works closely with specialist physiotherapists both in the hospital at the Perform Centre and in his NHS post, particularly Jo Gibson, Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist.

Like Mr Brownson, Mrs Gibson has an international reputation. She also lectures at the University of Liverpool, where she has co-developed Upper Limb Masters Modules and speaks at institutions around the world alongside her clinical and academic work.

 “Working with elite athletes is incredibly rewarding,” said Mrs Gibson, who has worked with professional and elite sports teams for over 15 years.



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