Our Services

Trauma & Orthopaedics

Also known as: Orthopaedics

The Trauma and Orthopaedic team provide specialist treatment for disorders to the limbs, pelvis and joints, covering a range of conditions relating to bones, soft tissue, nerves, ligaments and tendons. Trauma patients (i.e. those who come in as an emergency) usually arrive in the Emergency Department, often having suffered an injury. Patients who come in for planned orthopaedic appointments are usually sent by their GP, or from another team within the Trust.

Mr Waldemar Pizon, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, is head of the department. He specialises in lower limb surgery - covering primary and revision hip replacement, computer-navigated knee replacement, unicondylar knee replacement (also known as partial knee replacement) and complex corrective surgery for deformities of the forefoot.

Mr Pizon is also dedicated to trauma work and treatment of fractures affecting the elderly. He is closely involved in developing pathways to improve outcomes in the treatment of fractured neck of femur, an injury which is particularly common in elderly people.

Orthopaedic Consultant Mr Tony Hugh has a special interest in hand and upper limb surgery and treatment. This involves performing surgery on the complex structures of the arm, from fingertip to shoulder, often using keyhole surgery which, as it is less invasive, can enable patients to leave hospital within 24 hours.

Consultant Hermann Gehling has a wide personal experience in general trauma management and treatment and in elective surgery, including hand, shoulder, hip, knee and forefoot surgery.

Mr Soham Gangopadhyay has a special interest in hand and wrist surgery. He treats a wide range of conditions including: arthritis of the hand and wrist; Dupuytren’s disease, which affects the hands and fingers causing one or more of the fingers to bend into the palm of the hand; nerve compression and all types of hand injuries.  He is also very interested in surgery of the elbow and has trained in other complex fractures and in arthroplasty (joint replacement).

Mr Oday Al-Dadah’s specialist interest is in reconstructive knee surgery. He has also undertaken sub-specialist training fellowships, gaining extensive experience in both joint replacement surgery and complex ligament reconstruction surgery of the knee joint. With this comprehensive training, he is able to offer a high calibre specialist service in all facets of reconstructive knee surgery.

The team is already making progress in implementing a range of innovative services for patients and receiving great feedback from service users.

Where is the service provided from?

South Tyneside District Hospital
Harton Lane
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE34 0PL


Locations for Trauma & Orthopaedics in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, (0191) 404 1000