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Mr Andrew Richards
BSc (Hons) MS FRCS (Tr and Orth)
Orthopaedic Surgery
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Shoulder & Elbow Surgery


General Medical Council: 4343657





Orthopaedic Surgery


Mr Andrew Richards completed his undergraduate studies in medicine at St. Mary's Hospital, London in 1996, where he also obtained an Honours Degree in Physiology. He undertook his specialist orthopaedic training on the South West Thames rotation where he developed specialist interests in shoulder and elbow surgery and in complex trauma surgery. Additionally, he undertook a one-year fellowship at the world-renowned John Hopkins Hospital in the USA where his research, on tears of the rotator cuff, led to the award of a Master of Surgery degree. He also received additional specialist training in complex trauma and reconstructive surgery at the Rowley Bristow unit in Surrey and in arthroscopic techniques in the shoulder and elbow at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital in London.

In 2009, Andrew was appointed as a consultant at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals with a specialist interest in shoulder and elbow surgery and complex traumatic injuries of the upper limb.

Andrew is particularly interested in arthroscopic shoulder and elbow surgery, particularly in treating sports injuries and his practice is solely concerned with problems of the shoulder and elbow. At Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London he has a tertiary referral clinic dealing with the most difficult of cases, including the surgical reconstruction of complex shoulder and elbow injuries.

For his practice, Andrew uses the latest techniques available and his care is delivered at the highest standards. He also works closely with leading physiotherapists to provide an integrated approach to recovery that helps each patient to return to work, or their chosen sport, as quickly as possible.


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Medical Procedures

  • Arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder stabilisation
  • Tendon repair
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Ulnar nerve release
  • Joint injection
  • Elbow replacement
  • Shoulder replacement

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Special Interests

  • Complex traumatic injuries of the upper limb
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Fractures
  • Sports injuries
  • Rehabilitation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Elbow fractures
  • Elbow instability
  • Elbow stiffness
  • Tennis elbow
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Shoulder dislocation or instability
  • Shoulder labral tear
  • Shoulder tendinopathy 
  • Shoulder pain




  • MB BS (1996) University of London


  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Elbow and Shoulder Society
  • British Trauma Society
  • Watanabe Club



After six (6) months of suffering and complaining of excruciating pain in my right dominant shoulder. I was recommend to Dr. Richards, at this stage I had no range of motion (ROM), unable to dress myself or even comb my hair. My very first consultation with Dr. Richards, I was petrified and worried that there was no outcome for the relentless pain. Dr. Richards took time to ensure that I was comfortable, once at ease and after a thorough examination, he sat and explained my condition and the treatments available. I learnt that I had severe Adhesive Capsulitis and Bursitis. Dr. Richards, operated on my shoulder 13 November, 2017. He truly is a blessed Doctor, who possess the ability to combine knowledge, expertise, human touch, old fashioned bedside manner, talent, patience, professionalism, proactive approach, confidence and love for his work, has made him a superb Sugeon. His naturally combined attributes, hands on and proactive approach is conveyed in his interaction and therefore provides the required confidence for the road ahead. My surgery was a success and Physiotherapy is ongoing. To date, some range of motion has returned and I can comb my hair and dress myself. I owe this successful outcome to Dr. Richards and his team of professionals. To the Fortius Team of professionals, thank you for your care, support, patience, and consideration during my surgery and after. I am indeed thankful. Warmest regards and love


I have seen many good doctors all over the world for sports related injuries and can confidently say that Mr Andrew Richards is one of the best. He operated on both of my shoulders in 2017 and was very thorough and thoughtful from my first appointment to my last. I have the utmost confidence and trust in him and would highly recommend him to anyone with shoulder issues.


I’ve had a torn ligament in my right shoulder. I’m now recovered so well, carrying on with life as normal including my weight training and it had slipped my mind that I had an operation. I would like take this opportunity to thank Mr Richards and his team including Chloe Merali for not only for surgical skill but for an excellent patient care and courtesy throughout.


My consultation with Mr Richards was a thoroughly positive experience. He was incredibly understanding of my condition, took the time to learn about my requirements and offered an honest opinion whilst keeping me informed of all possible options. He was highly professional, yet spoke to me as a friend rather than a patient. I have full faith in Mr Richards and truly could not recommmend him enough!


I had the privilege to be operated by Mr.Richards for a torn distal tendon in a rather advanced stage (almost one month after event): an amazing surgeon who combines superb experience and expertise with empathy, a super-professional who has the unique talent to convey confidence to a patient. I had not experienced since then (almost two years) any discomfort, any pain and any recess. I cannot recommend enough Mr.Richards. Almost two years had passed and I can do my chin-ups and press-ups and any sports activity like before the event.


Dr Richards' consultation, treatment and follow up were uniformly excellent. I was very pleased to have been referred to him. Again, thanks to Dr Richards, you and the Fortius team for taking care of me.


Andy thanks so much for being so kind to me and looking after me so well yesterday. I really appreciate it and it made things so much less stressful for me. Sometimes being medical is worse as you worry more, but you made me feel so secure about it all that it was an easy experience. Your whole team were excellent. So please tell Fortius they did a great job in a great facility.

Peer Recommendations

BY ms Susan Alexander

I have worked with Mr Richards for several years and I would highly recommend him as a knowledgeable, safe and caring doctor. He is down to earth, approachable and very amiable.
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