Professor Richard Field

Professor Richard Field

PhD, FRCS, FRCS(Orth)

Orthopaedic Surgery

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39 years of experience
24 years as a specialist
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Overall Rating

Overall
4.95
Bedside Manner
4.93
Explanation
4.95

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“Incredibly knowledgable & reassuring. Able to simplify and explain complex medical procedures. Lovely sense of humour “
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Subspecialties

  • Hip Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • Sports Injury
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 2659839
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £250

    Follow-up appointment: £150

    Practices worked at

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 8RH
    97 reviews

    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road, London, United Kingdom, SW3 5AW
    31 reviews

    About

    Richard Field is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Hip and Knee surgery. He is the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, St George's University of London. His NHS clinical practice is undertaken at the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) where he has been the Director of Research since 2004. His Private Practice is undertaken at The Lister Hospital in Chelsea, at Spire St Anthony's Hospital in Cheam, Surrey and now also at SWLEOC.

    Prof Field is the UK's most experienced surgeon in Direct Anterior (minimally invasive, muscle sparing) Hip Replacement and has been using this approach since 2008. He uses the standard longitudinal and the less visible, bikini incisions, as appropriate. He lectures internationally on both hip and knee surgery and has operated with surgeons in more than ten countries. He is a pioneer of Arthroscopic Hip surgery and was the President of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA - www.ISHA.net) in 2017. He was the first surgeon in the London area to adopt hip resurfacing and continues to use the Birmingham Resurfacing Hip (BHR) in selected patients. Prof Field has been actively involved in the design and evaluation of new implant designs since 1983. He is currently undertaking clinical studies on short femoral stem implants as well as some of the new generation of hip resurfacing designs and knee replacements that more closely reproduce the natural knee joint's movement. He uses patient specific custom cutting blocks to achieve optimal component alignment, where possible. Patients wishing to be considered for inclusion in studies on new implants may need to be treated at SWLEOC.

    Prof Field completed his medical training at the Westminster Hospital in 1980 and went on to hold positions at a number of hospitals across London, including St Stephen's Hospital, University College Hospital, and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. After being awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1988, he continued to his specialist training in Orthopaedics in London, Cambridge and Melbourne. He was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Helier Hospital, Surrey in 1994. Over the past 25 years, he has gained enormous experience in complex sports and developmental related hip problems and is a world leader in hip preservation and rapid recovery hip replacement surgery.  He continues to undertake over 300 hip operations per year. He has previously been an adviser to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

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    Medical procedures

    • Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement
    • AMIS hip replacement
    • Bikini Incision Hip Replacement
    • Arthroscopic femoroacetabular impingement surgery
    • Arthrosocpic labral repair - hip
    • Arthroscopic labral reconstruction - hip
    • Arthroscopic Iliopsoas decompression and release
    • Iliotibial band decompression
    • Abductor muscle repair - hip
    • Trochanteric bursectomy
    • Hip Arthroscopy
    • Hip Replacement
    • Hip Resurfacing
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Knee Replacement
    • Knee Ligament Repair


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    Special interests

    • Sports Injuries - Hip
    • Young Adult Hip Conditions
    • Hip Preservation Surgery 
    • Muscle Sparing Hip Replacement
    • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
    • Implant design and evaluation
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    Education

    • PhD University of Cambridge 1988
    • FRCS
    • FRCS(Orth)
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    Reviews

    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Incredibly knowledgable & reassuring. Able to simplify and explain complex medical procedures. Lovely sense of humour

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    27-11-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Just the most charming expert out there, puts u at your ease, was able upon request to give me simple facts and not over complicate things. Hugely attentive and always very very accessible I couldn’t be more impressed or happier Such a big thank you

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    13-11-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I found Professor Field very approachable and felt able to raise any points I wanted to. He never made me feel that my time with him was limited in any way.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    09-11-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Prof Field is an excellent surgeon. I have just had a double hip replacement and 9 days post-op I am practically able to walk unaided. My recovery has been exceptional. I put that down to his expertise in performing the operation, and perhaps my determination to religiously follow the advice of my surgeon and the post-op physio team in performing the daily strengthening exercises. I received world class care and attention throughout and would recommend him to anyone needing a hip replacement.

    Patient seen for:
    Bilateral hip replacement
    03-11-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    From my first meeting with Professor Field I was confident that I wanted him to complete my Hip Operation. He is clearly a man who loves what he does, is a consummate professional and at the very top of his game in terms of capability and innovation. He explained the process of the operation, the various steps that needed to be taken and the likely recovery process. He also outlined the risks associated with such an operation. At all times I was reassured and could not wait to be relieved of the pain in my hip joint which had so much impacted my daily way of life. Post Op and whilst a little uncomfortable I am not really in any measurable pain and so much less than before the operation. Feel that I will soon be able to dispense with my sticks and start to walk around limp and pain free. Professor Field - a fantastic man who spends his time giving people their lives back - Thank You.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    21-10-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I was reluctant to have surgery in 2020 for obvious reasons, but my minimally invasive right hip replacement performed by Professor Field was the best decision I have made. He suggested in an initial consultation that 6 months after surgery I would have forgotten I ever needed a hip replacement - and I can honestly say that I felt like that after 6 weeks. I was dubious about returning home from hospital just 24 hours after surgery, but it was absolutely the right thing. He knows best! Professor Field explained everything so clearly and was always ready to listen and answer any concerns. I know I owe the success of my surgery and rapid recovery to Professor Field. He is simply the best.

    Patient seen for:
    Anterior Hip Replacement
    21-10-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Simply the best surgeon in his field . ( pardon the pun ) thanks to a recommendation from a friend who was his patient. From the first moment of consultation I felt at ease I had no doubt from the beginning with his expertise and care I would come through a different person physically I’m happy to say 9 weeks on from a double hip replacement , I can now walk with ease, no more pain , flexibility ! It’s wonderful and makes me feel so much better about myself , I just smile! Thank you Prof Field .

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    Anterior Hip Replacement
    19-10-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I had a full hip replacement this week. Prof Field made the whole experience a very comfortable, reassuring event with excellent results.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    02-10-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I have met several medical doctors and professors over the last ten months. Prof Field was by far the most rounded in his approach. He was extremely well prepared for our first meeting and had gone beyond his field of specialism to give me his opinion on how to go about finding a solution for my issue. He was warm and engaging. I could not recommend him more to anyone seeking a first or second opinion.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip and groin pain
    23-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Field was absolutely charming and, better than that, he explained the results of first, an X-ray then an MRI scan in detail and without being in the slightest bit condescending. I therefore now understand what my medical problem is, and what can potentially be done about it. It is such a relief to be treated as a sentient adult by someone who is clearly eminent in his field. He took time and effort to make sure I understood the situation.

    Patient seen for:
    Osteoarthritis
    22-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    4

    fantastic surgeon and really pleased with result - noone can be perfect so 4* for bedside manner !!

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    16-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    An incredible man and surgeon. Makes you feel at ease immediately and explains all to you. I’m more than fortunate to have been under his care and his team. Can’t say enough!

    Patient seen for:
    Anterior Hip Replacement
    bilateral
    01-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    outstanding in every way

    Patient seen for:
    Anterior Hip Replacement
    26-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I was recommended Professor Field by a friend who underwent hip replacement and was home the next day. My own recent experience has not disappointed. I cannot believe I spent one night in hospital and am now home walking around not needing any pain relief. I am blown away by the level of expertise and care shown to me by Professor Field. Thank you to you and your team.

    16-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Far, far better than expected. Only a day in hospital. 2 days post operation, no pain, no painkillers and able to walk with one crutch only - or none at all. Wish I had had the operation earlier.

    13-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I cannot speak highly enough of THE Professor. I was given my life back many years ago following two hip replacements under his care. Thank you Professor.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    08-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I chose Professor Field as my surgeon following recommendation from a friend. I underwent a hip replacement on my left side using the minimally invasive approach. I was home the next day and almost a year later I am more mobile and active than I have ever been. Thank you for giving me my active lifestyle back.

    Patient seen for:
    Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
    08-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I was so very taken with Professor Field's kindness, gentleness and calmness - a lovely and charming gentleman with compassionate listening skills.

    Patient seen for:
    Consultation pre hip replacement
    07-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Field was very welcoming and professional. As an elderly patient I appreciated that he explained things to me clearly and shared the diagnostic images so that I would further understand. He speaks with vast knowledge and experience. Thank you

    Patient seen for:
    Hip pain
    06-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very professional at the same time as being happily personable. Highly recommended.

    Patient seen for:
    Knee Pain
    05-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I felt very at ease with Professor Field from his manner to his technical explanations.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    31-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Field replaced my right hip in July and my left hip in October. I obviously made a rapid recovery from the first operation and was extremely satisfied with every aspect of my treatment to consider having the second replacement so soon. I had complete confidence in Professor Field.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    27-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    It would be difficult if not impossible to overstate my gratitude and appreciation for what Professor Field did for me. The first encounter was marked by such clarity, understanding and humour that I was wholly reassured about the prospective outcome of his recommended treatment. My confidence was entirely borne out by actual experience of the procedure and the follow-up care and advice provided by by Professor Field himself, his professional colleagues and staff. To sum up, it is my opinion that any patient will be fortunate to obtain the service and support of Professor Field for diagnosis, advice and treatment of his or her condition.

    Patient seen for:
    increasing pain and disability of my hip joint
    25-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very pleasant knowledgeable doctor who puts one at ease and explains everything clearly.

    24-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I was amazed at how quickly I recovered after my operation and delighted that I could return to cycling and hiking without pain.Profesor field was very reassuring throughout and, in my eyes ,performed a miracle especially since my hip operation was complicated by a previous injury.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    23-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Field is clearly a very competent surgeon and teacher. He explained in detail what I needed to know in a language that I understood. For such a painful condition I was warmed with his assurances that my problem leg - both hip and foot is in good hands and will be treated properly.

    Patient seen for:
    Gluteal tendinopathy and planta faciitis
    23-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Field had been recommended to me by a previous patient . I was NOT disappointed . He saw me at the appointed time , he explored my hip problem , showing me the X-ray and explaining the way ahead , there being no need for immediate concern . I will not hesitate to consult him again , if necessary .

    Patient seen for:
    Possible hip replacement
    23-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Field is an exceptional surgeon. From the moment I attended one of his clinics almost 10 years ago, I could not have been in better hands. I have been given a new lease of life following two hip replacements and am hugely grateful to him for this. My whole experience has been superb throughout, I highly recommend Professor Field and his team.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    14-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Field was recommended by a close personal friend with a new Field hip ,which has been a huge success . Consultation was detailed and sympathetic , he recommended no hurry for new hip . 77 year old patient .

    13-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Just a great experience, from initial discussion, so important to understand fully the process and procedures... through surgery and follow up discussions Professor Field not only a great surgeon but an engaging, caring practitioner....don’t want to tempt fate but will miss his follow up chats...his perspective on more than my rather complex hip replacement!!

    10-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Field performed a minimally invasive anterior hip replacement recently after it was cancelled pre the COVID-19 lockdown in March. From the first consultation to the post operative rehab he has been accessible, explaining the procedure and answering all my questions clearly and succinctly. I’m delighted with the surgery, which he did with the support of the excellent anaesthetist, Dr Hussein, and I was able to walk up and down stairs on the day of the op and have had virtually no pain. Professor Field´s technical skill is easily matched by his communication ability and I would highly recommend him.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    08-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    An exceptional Professor. Excellent care and attention at all times. Delighted with my consultation.

    08-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I was recommended Prof Field by a medical colleague and was not disappointed. He took time to explain the procedure and answer any questions. All my concerns and worries were addressed. Prof Fields PA was also so very helpful. The whole experience was as good as it gets

    Patient seen for:
    left hip replacement
    08-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Superbly professional and caring

    08-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    One could not be in better hands. Professor Field generates such confidence that one is very happy to be in his hands.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    12-11-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Prof Field initially undertook revision surgery following problems with a total hip replacement with another surgeon and was very supportive, explaining clearly the options available to me from the start. I then went to him again when I needed total hip replacement of the other hip joint. Again the processes and options were explained. The anterior approach used this time was far less painful post surgery and follow up care was good. I would recommend Prof Field for hip issues and in fact have recently done so to a friend with problems. I believe he is a true expert in his area.

    Patient seen for:
    Osteoarthritis
    11-11-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    From the first consultation 19.12.18, I felt re-assured, very well informed and in expert hands. I came armed with a list of questions, which were comprehensibly answered in language I could understand. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Professor Field, as I feel he worked a miracle. I am now completely pain free after my right hip replacement, whereas I was in agony beforehand. I now lead a normal healthy life.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip and groin pain
    04-11-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I was given much reassurance and confidence prior to the operation. Professor Field provided me with the information and advice to enable me to make the necessary decisions and approach the operation with confidence. He saw me the day following the operation and again at intervals when he and his team continued to provide the support and encouragement I needed. I made a very good recovery.

    Patient seen for:
    Hip Replacement
    30-10-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Prof.Field was keen to ensure I understood all the possible ramifications of the treatment he recommended which was a total hip replacement as this would be the only way to alleviate my intense pain and bad limp. Within less than five hours of going into surgery I was able to walk into the bathroom with the aid of one walking stick. I was discharged twenty hours after surgery having walked along the hospital corridor and up and down stairs using only walking sticks. I was able to walk round the golf course and play golf without discomfort after ten weeks. The anterior groin crease approach has left me with minimal scarring.

    Patient seen for:
    Chronic left hip pain
    23-10-2019
    Overall
    3
    Explanation
    3
    Bedside Manner
    3

    Seeing the specialist was fine but the hour and a half wait is a joke!

    Professor Richard Field

    I am very sorry that you were made to wait so long for your appointment. I would love to keep my clinics to time. I do try terribly hard to keep to the schedule and already provide longer appointment slots than almost all my colleagues. Unfortunately some patients get held up waiting for X-rays and sometimes patients have more questions than I can answer in the allocated time. If I had a bell that told people that it was now somebody else's time slot, I might get through the clinics on schedule but suspect that I would upset a lot of people. My aim is to give every patient the attention they need and I can only apologise that you were made to wait so long for your appointment.

    01-06-2018
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very pleasant and reassuring experience Was given detailed information regarding my condition and reasoning for treatment

    12-03-2018

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 1 doctor for:
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    Orthopaedic Surgery

    Mr Benjamin Caesar
    Mr Benjamin Caesar
    Orthopaedic Surgery

    09-01-2019

    Prof Field is an internationally renowned expert on the anterior approach to the hip. I have looked after a number of patients who have seen Prof Field for their hip surgery and they all eulogise about the care and treatments they have received under Prof's team. We share an anaesthetist, secretary and theatre team and cross refer patients.

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Hip Impingement, Avascular Necrosis (AVN) Hip, The Young Hip, Arthritis (Hip), Hip Dysplasia
    For procedures: Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Replacement
    Connection: Is a colleague

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