He has an additional three degrees too, including the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) in trauma and orthopaedics, and on the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register to practice as a consultant within the field.
‘I have been dabbling with orthopaedics since 1998’, he says. ‘My specialist interest is hips and knees. I do believe it is necessary to restrict one’s practice to one or two specialist areas, and I think it’s difficult to deliver great outcomes unless the focus is narrow’.
Having been in the North West since 2003, Mr Shah says he’s enjoyed learning from some renowned surgeons in some equally renowned and well-run hospitals. This includes a stint working at Wrightington Hospital – one of the centres of excellence for orthopaedic work, and the John Charnley Fellow, where he leaned how to tackle complex hip and knee problems.
With a focus on delivering an ethical, sensible and thorough consultation in the first instance, Mr Shah says he has an ability to explain the pathology, in simple terms, before laying out the options available to the patient.
‘Sometimes it’s about giving your time to make that call – and in some cases, it’s about having the additional information to get your head around the problem’, he says.
Qualifying in 1997, Mr Shah deals with all pathologies relating to and including sports injuries, which includes helping those who have a panful or unstable joint, due to early wear and tear and even severe forms of arthritis.Whether you are experiencing hip pain, knee pain or injury, or even degenerative changes, Mr Shah can help. Treatments offered include modalities for hip impingement; arthroplasty procedures; joint replacements; other treatments including hip injections and hip replacements; knee pain; treatment for knee pain including injections and arthroplasty; knee replacements; sports injuries and more.
If you are due to visit Circle Health Group, your treatment may range from getting an understanding of your issue, to physiotherapy, injections to the joint or around it, keyhole surgery, various forms of joint replacement, and more.
With an intense interest in patients’ after-recovery – and how to expedite that following surgery or another treatment modality – Mr Shah also focuses on those who get clots in their legs post-surgery. Working hard to prevent the risk of clotting to ensure a better outcome for the patient, he is intent on helping people recover faster.
‘It’s about patient satisfaction’, he says, which he adds is more than just the patient visiting the hospital and getting the relevant treatment.
In terms of treatments offered, Mr Shah can of knee-preserving treatments, such as using injections that contain visco-supplements, platelet rich plasma or cortisone/steroids.
For patients that would benefit from surgery where the knee doesn't need to be sacrificed, an osteotomy can also be carried out to offload the painful compartment of the knee. Mr Shah will always lay out the available treatment options for patients, to allow them time to get their head around the problem and the best course of action.
MRI scans, to treatments using sports physiotherapists and specialised keyhole surgery are available too. Interventions offered include simple advice on symptom prevention, as well as the right therapy. Mr Shah may also suggest using case procedures, such as aspirations. He says: ‘It’s important to understand what benefits and risks exist and how these can be managed to give you the best outcome.’