Mr Robert Farnell

MB BS, FRCS (Tr and Orth), FRCS (Eng)


Profile

Robert Farnell is the Senior Orthopaedic Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, based at the Leeds General Infirmary. He has worked as a specialist consultant surgeon since 2002, treating conditions affecting the hand and wrist. In addition to managing the local population, he provides a service for the management of complex conditions which are referred from other surgeons throughout the region. He is routinely asked by his colleagues in the surrounding hospitals to provide his opinion and to take over the management of difficult and complex cases.

Mr Farnell offers a comprehensive range of treatment for conditions affecting the hand and the wrist. He is able to provide an experienced specialist opinion and subsequent management, including those conditions that are not considered straightforward.

Treatments provided include

  • Carpal tunnel decompression
  • Ulnar nerve decompression (cubital tunnel syndrome)
  • Dupuytren's fasciectomy including skin grafting
  • Trigger finger release
  • DeQuervain’s decompression
  • Treatment of arthritis of the thumb, fingers, hand and wrist
  • Excision of ganglions and other lumps
  • Treatment of scaphoid fractures and non-union
  • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Treatment of hand and wrist fractures
  • Tendon transfers and repair
  • Management of wrist pain

Medical-legal enquiries
For medical-legal enquiries please contact Linda Smith: lam.smith@btinternet.com


Clinics

  • Weekly Tuesday evening

Locations

Current posts

  • Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon - Leeds General Infirmary
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds

Interests

Hand

• Carpal tunnel decompression surgery
• Cubital tunnel decompression surgery (ulnar nerve)
• Dupuytrens disease
• Trigger finger and other tendon problems
• Arthritis of the hand and thumb
• Ganglions and other lumps

• Hand trauma


Wrist

• Wrist pain
• Fractures of the distal radius (wrist) and scaphoid
• Non-union scaphoid fractures including treatment with vascularised bone grafts
• Wrist ligament injuries
• Ulnar abutment
• Kienbock’s diseaese
• DeQuervain’s disease

• Minimally invasive treatments using wrist arthroscopy (keyhole surgery).  

Other interests

  • Carpal tunnel decompression
  • Ulnar nerve decompression (cubital tunnel syndrome)
  • Dupuytrens fasciectomy including skin grafting
  • Trigger finger release
  • DeQuervain’s decompression
  • Treatment of arthritis of the thumb, fingers, hand and wrist
  • Excision of ganglions and other lumps
  • Treatment of scaphoid fractures and non-union
  • Wrist arthroscopy
  • Treatment of hand and wrist fractures
  • Tendon transfers and repair
  • Management of wrist pain

Personal interests

Golf – member of The Alwoodley Golf Club
Football – lifelong Leeds United fan and attends when required as the Leeds United match day orthopaedic surgeon

Learning to play the guitar (right handed even though I am a left handed surgeon!)



Member of

  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • British Medical Association
  • Faculty for AO/ASIF study of internal fixation
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • European Wrist Arthroscopy Society
  • Chairman for AO/ASIF study of internal fixation
  • Medical Defence Union

Declaration

Mr Robert Farnell works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • APRIL
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Health-on-Line
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health

Mr Robert Farnell does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Robert Farnell does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Robert Farnell does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.