Mako robot-assisted total hip replacement
Modern hip replacement surgery was pioneered by Sir John Charnley in the UK in the early 1960s. The procedure and implant used were developed and refined over the next 30…
Qualification: MB BS FRCS FRCS(Orth)
Matthew is one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in the UK who specialises exclusively in treating patients with hip problems.
He studied Medicine at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London, qualifying in 1988.
Having trained in Orthopaedic Surgery on the North West Thames rotation, he completed his training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, working with the renowned Mr Stephen Cannon and Professor Tim Briggs.
He received further specialist training, undertaking a Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Hip Surgery (as Clinical Lecturer in the Orthopaedic Department) with Professor Don Howie at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.
Appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal United Hospital Bath in August 1999, Matthew took up his appointment on returning from Australia in April 2000. In addition, he is honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Bath where he has led the Hip Clinic since 2000.
Over the years his elective practice has become more specialised – he now concentrates full time on the management of adult hip conditions including non-operative (conservative) management of hip problems as well as surgical treatment including primary and revision hip replacement as well as hip resurfacing in appropriate patients.
He has extensive experience in using all types of hip replacement including cemented, uncemented and hybrid hip replacements and with all the modern bearing options. He has adapted his surgical technique over the years and, along with Accelerated Rehabilitation Protocols, now can ensure safe early discharge from the hospital with a quicker return to an active lifestyle.
In addition to his elective practice he continues to be on the ‘on-call trauma rota’ at the Royal United Hospital in Bath dealing with all aspects of musculoskeletal injuries. he has a regular Specialist Hip Trauma operating list, where patients suffering from recurrent dislocation, or having sustained a fracture around their hip replacement or having complications after hip fracture surgery can be treated.
He has prepared Personal Injury medico-legal reports since 1993. Over recent years, due to the specialist nature of his elective practice, he has been asked to prepare Clinical Negligence reports for the legal profession including ‘Condition and Prognosis’ and ‘Causation and Liability’ reports.
He is highly interested in research and is currently involved with a British orthopaedic company in the development of a new type of hip implant for use in younger and more active patients.
With the same company, one of a group of surgeons involved in early clinical trials of a new bearing surface, which will wear less and lead to an increase in the longevity of hip replacements reducing the need for revision surgery.
Matthew is married to Susie, who worked as a Theatre Sister at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
Susie is part of the management team at Circle Bath working as a Project Co-Ordinator.
They have three children and a border terrier called Lottie (pictured above).
Matthew enjoys watching Bath Rugby, playing golf, walking Lottie and road cycling.
Matthew Burwell is one of only a few orthopaedic surgeons in the UK specialising exclusively in treating hip conditions. Hip replacements are a large part of his practice. Many patients are referred to him from other orthopaedic specialists.
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Specialist Senior Physiotherapist
Dr Graham Robinson
Specialist Theatre Nurse
Matthew Burwell was recommended to me by someone who was working with the leadership team at Circle Bath, because of his skill as a surgeon and also because the hospital was so good
Dame Carolyn McCall CEO ITV
By 2004 my left hip was causing me lots of problems . I saw a video of me coaching and realised that there was an issue . An exaggerated limp was an understatement ! Matthew took one look at me and arranged for my hip replacement to be performed at the Bath Clinic . Read full testimonial
Brian Ashton MBE English rugby union coach and former player
In 2017, Matthew Burwell replaced my right hip. Along with his team he did a wonderful job, followed by excellent post-operative support. Read full testimonial
If surgeons could be awarded Michelin stars for surgery, Matthew Burwell should be given three! He is so experienced, so kind, so thorough, and so utterly competent—I felt at ease from the moment I met him. He treated me with respect at all times, and made sure I understand everything that would happen. Read full testimonial
Linda Blair Clinical Psychologist