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Mr Alexander Dodds (Hons), MBBCh, MSc, MD (Res), FRCS (Tr and Orth) is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon. specialising in Knee and Hip Surgery. He has a specialist interest in arthroplasty and sports injuries of the knee. This includes arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery for cartilage lesions including microfracture, menisectomy and meniscal repair and ligament reconstruction including anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (hamstring, patellar tendon, quadriceps tendon), posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and multi ligament reconstruction including medial collateral ligament and posterolateral corner. He regularly performs arthroplasty (joint replacement surgery) including partial knee replacement, total knee replacement and revision knee replacement. He also performs a high volume of primary total hip replacements. He also performs other non arthroplasty knee surgery including knee osteotomy and surgery for patellofemoral disorders. He also has an interest in sports surgery including decompression for exertional compartment syndrome.
Mr Dodds also has an interest in improving quality and safety in orthopaedic surgery. He set up and led the Orthopaedic infection team at Gloucestershire Hospitals, chairing a group to prevent infections in arthroplasty surgery from 2015-18. He has been governance lead in the department since 2016.
Mr Alexander Dodds qualified as a doctor from Cardiff University in 2003, earning a first class honours degree in Anatomy and a Distinction in finals. He began his specialist training in Wales, during this time he worked as the sports doctor to North Wales Rugby providing pitch side care and managing high impact sports injuries. He completed his specialist training in London in 2013, gaining extensive trauma experience working in St Marys, one of London's best renowned teaching hospitals and designated Major Trauma Centre. His advanced training included a prestigious UK fellowship in London where he was involved in knee operations on premiership football and rugby players, and a year in Australia working in Sportsmed, one of the countries most successful private sports medicine centres. His training there focused on hip and knee primary and revision surgery and soft knee tissue surgery including arthroscopy, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and patello-femoral surgery and included robotic surgery and other advanced techniques. On his return to the UK he worked as a Knee and Hip fellow in the Royal Berkshire Hospital before being invited to take up a Consultant post in Gloucestershire in January 2015.
In 2016 he was elected to the British Associations for Surgery of the Knee (BASK) council as young consultant’s representative. BASK is one of the largest surgical subspecialist organisations, which brings together knee surgeons with the single aim of improving their patient's care. He is responsible for leading the education programme. Together with colleagues he has produced the knee part of Wikipaedics which is a training resource for knee surgeons. Mr Dodds is committed to the training of future Orthopaedic surgeons and is a Severn Deanery Educational supervisor and has written and published a textbook on orthopaedic training. He is currently Principal Investigator for the national ACL SNAPP trial at GHNHSFT.
MBBCh, Cardiff University, Distinction in Finals
BSc (Hons) Anatomy, First Class
MSc in Trauma Swansea University which focused on state of the art practical techniques and treatment strategies in Major Trauma. The The final part of the MSc was a dissertation for which Mr Dodds performed a systematic review on the optimum management and long term outcome of treatment of high energy fractures of the knee (proximal tibial plateau).
MRCS – Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
FRCS – Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
MD (Res) - Imperial College on ‘The anterolateral structures of the knee and the pivot shift’ – Smith and Nephew Endoscopy Fellow. Mr Dodds spent six months working in the labs at Imperial College studying the biomechanics of the knee joint where he dissected 40 freshly frozen cadaveric knee joints in order to identify and describe the Anterolateral Ligament (ALL). This is often injured at the same time as the ACL and such detailed anatomical knowledge of the joint helps him to identify the best possible surgery to aid recovery.
Mr Alexander Dodds is a member of:
Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh)
British Orthopaedic Association
British Association of Surgeons of the Knee
For further information please visit: www.alexanderdodds.co.uk
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucester Royal