11 March 2021 at 18:30
Cambridge Hospital - 4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF


Mr Johnston is a specialist in treatment of conditions of the upper limb, especially of the hand and wrist. Common procedures include carpal tunnel decompression, trigger finger release, trapeziectomy operations for hand and wrist osteoarthritis and treatments for Dupuytren's contracture. He also undertakes treatments for traumatic conditions including fixation of wrist fractures (distal radius and scaphoid) and reconstruction following these injuries (osteotomy for distal radius malunion and bone grafting and fixation for scaphoid non-union) and has developed a regional referral practice in complex wrist and forearm injury. The British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) collects surgeon-specific outcome data for trapeziectomy and his scores are better than the national average. Similarly, his BSSH outcome scores for Dupuytren's surgery are on par with the national average.

In total over the past 6 years, he has performed or supervised approximately 3500 operative procedures, or just under 600 operations annually. Within this, on average per year, are 95 carpal tunnel decompressions, 12 trapeziectomies; 65 Dupuytren's procedures, 20 trigger digit releases, 11 scaphoid procedures (acute fixation or treatment of non-union) and 35 procedures for distal radius fracture.

Phil maintains his up to date knowledge-base having acted as faculty for two major international courses: the BSSH Instructional Series, which provides a complete curriculum for postgraduate hand & wrist surgery for senior trainees and Consultants, and currently as Chairman on the AOUK Principles in Fracture Management courses. In addition, he is the regional Training Programme Director for Orthopaedics, administering to 71 registrars in 15 hospitals across East Anglia, ensuring that the highest clinical standards are maintained by the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons.

Clinical Interests:

  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hand and wrist arthritis
  • Hand and wrist injury
  • Trigger finger release
  • Ganglion excision
  • Trapeziectomy
  • Fixation of wrist fracture
  • Osteotomy for distal radius malunion
  • Bone grafting and fixation for scaphoid fracture or non-union

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