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Mr Efstathios Drampalos

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

MBBS/MD (hons), FEBOT, FRCS (Trauma&Orthopaedics) eq, CCT (Trauma&Orthopaedics) eq, MSc (Orth), PhD (Orth)

Practices at: Kings Park Hospital

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Personal Profile

Mr Drampalos graduated from the well known Medical School of the University of Bologna in Italy with full marks and honour (110/110 e Lode) in 2002. He then returned to Greece and completed training in Orthopaedic Surgery in the major centres of Athens, obtaining Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Trauma & Orthopaedics and developing a special interest in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He worked for one year as a Lead Battalion Surgeon in the Greek Armed Forces and completed a Masters in Science and a PhD in Orthopaedics - both with Excellence. Between 2012 and 2013 Mr Drampalos held the National Orthopaedic Board Exams with a National Scholarship Prize from the Hellenic Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, then the European Board Exams in Orthopaedics (FEBOT).

In 2013 Mr Drampalos came to the UK and entered the Specialist Register. He completed two prestigious fellowships of the Wrightington Elective Centre in Greater Manchester Area (Foot and Ankle Surgery and Lower Limb Reconstruction), specialising in treatment of Sport Injuries, Arthritic Conditions of Foot and Ankle and Total Hip/Knee Arthroplasty, and then the fellowship of Wythenshawe Hospital (Manchester) with a focus on Complex Trauma, Ilizarov techniques and Bone Infections as a member of the Ortho-Plastic Team. He also treated Diabetic Foot problems as the Orthopaedic Surgeon of the famous multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Team of Greater Manchester and has completed a one-year BOA National Clinical Leader Programme.

He has undertaken further specialist training in Ankle Replacement and Foot Deformity Correction with leading European Foot and Ankle surgeons including the Foot and Ankle fellowship of Stepping Hill Hospital in Manchester, a visiting Fellowship at CFR Hospitaler A/S, Hellerup, Denmark. Furthermore, he has completed a fellowship in Ilizarov techniques and limb deformity correction at the renowned Mediclinic Midstream, Pretoria, in South Africa.

Mr Drampalos has also completed a visiting fellowship in Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS) for foot conditions in Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals. He applies MIS techniques to do Cheilectomy in Foot and Ankle, MICA (Minimally Invasive Chevron & Akin's osteotomy) to correct Bunions, MIS Hammer/Mallet Toe correction, and MIS-DMMO (Distal Metatarsal Metaphyseal Osteotomy) for Forefoot Pain and Metatarsalgia. He was initially appointed as a Foot and Ankle/Limb Reconstruction Consultant at Manchester University Foundation Trust in 2018, before moving to Forth Valley Royal Hospital in 2019 leading the Foot and Ankle Team.

Mr Drampalos has published more than 40 articles in international peer reviewed journals, 2 books and more than 50 presentations and abstracts in Congresses. Several research problems are being run by him at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Internationally he runs research with the Biomedical Engineering Department of the University of Sakarya and the Medical School of Medipol University (Turkey). He is an Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for several international peer reviewed journals and has completed several audits and quality improvement projects for the NHS improving the delivery of care and preserving resources.

He has wide experience in teaching and currently teaches anatomy in Medical Students of the University of Glasgow, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Orthopaedic Trainees and is a trainer in several foot and ankle courses. He has received several awards during his medical career including excellence prizes in his Msc and PhD in Orthopaedics, and a Scholarship Prize from the Hellenic Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology in 2012.

Clinical Interests

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Toe replacements
  • Forefoot reconstruction
  • Ankle and hindfoot deformity correction
  • Ankle replacements
  • Sports injuries
  • Modern arthroscopic surgery to treat damaged cartilage, arthritis, heel pain and ligament insufficiency
  • Bunion and toe correction surgery using percutaneous techniques with quicker recovery)
  • Heel pain treatment (including the use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, post-operative complications and bone infections (osteomyelitis) related to previous surgery and diabetes using local antibiotic impregnated biocomposites and circular frames)

Professional Memberships

  • General Medical Council
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • European Board of Orthopaedic and Traumatology