Leading Hip Surgery Practice

Over the years I have honed my practice and now treat exclusively problems associated with the hip.   The hip can present a wide range of problems and pathologies, and as such an orthopaedic surgeon needs a range of abilities to help the variety of patients who seek help.
Primary hip replacement is the staple procedure for most hip specialists, and improving surgical techniques and technologies mean that we can offer solutions to even the youngest of arthritic patients (I am one of the few surgeons in the country to have replaced the hips of children unfortunate enough to be stricken at such a young age), and have a reasonable expectation of life long or near life long success. The designs of hip implants mean we can preserve a patient’s bone for longer, and conservative designs mean that subsequent procedures, should they be required, carry less trauma and risk than previously.
Revision hip replacement has likewise improved of late, with designs ‘loading’ the bone better than ever before and thereby maintaining bone strength for longer.
Younger patients are increasingly presenting with ‘pre-arthritic’ symptoms such as impingement lesions and labral tears. These can now be treated either as open or (now in over 99% of cases) key-hole procedures allowing day-case surgery, and we hope, along with returning people to their sporting lives, we can in some cases delaying the onset of subsequent arthritis.


I have always enjoyed teaching and training, and from humble beginnings as a demanstrator in the Anatomy department in Sheffield, through Orthoapedic Lecturer at the University of Bristol (awarded Medical School teacher of the year), to a career in postgraduate medical education (junior doctors), initially as tutor for the Severn region, then as Programme director for all Orthopaedic trainees up to consultancy, and now as Head of the School of Surgery, overseeing surgical training in all specialities across the region. From the end of 2016, I will be chair of the CoPSS committee which oversees all surgical training  delivery across the United Kingdom.

I have also been fortunate enough to have run training conferences across the world (including Singapore, India, Australia, Japan, China, Russia, Thailand, and Canada), and perform live training surgery in China.


I believe I can empathise with my patients and their desire to return to function, activity and sport through my own love of all things active and outdoorsy. As a junior doctor I competed in triathlon and represented Great Britain in two World Championships. As I’ve aged and become slower, I’ve gone longer and steadier, and am a five times ironman finisher. Nowadays I tend to focus on running (ultra marathons booked for 2017!) and cycling- travelling abroad when able to cycle and enjoy iconic locations. Swiss Alpine passes and Paris-Roubaix have been my staple for 2016. This was the year when I completed the country’s first Otillo swim-run event travelling all around the Isles of Scilly running in a wetsuit and swimming in my running shoes.

The Team

  • Nicki Leigh

    NHS Secretary

    Nicola has been Stephen’s NHS secretary for thirteen years. Super efficient, approachable and reassuring, Nicola makes the patient experience smooth and user friendly.

  • Vicky Hillman

    Private Secretary

    Along with my colleagues in the leading Bristol Hip Group, I work with Vicky Hillman my secretary and PA.

  • Dr Mark Pyke

    Consultant Anaesthetist

    Dr Pyke is an experienced anaesthetist in charge of the rapid recovery programme for orthopaedic patients in NHS hospitals of Bristol. He is heavily involved in developing new pain relief techniques in order to expedite return home for post-operative patients.

  • Physiotherapy network

    Sports Physiotherapists

    Given my wide referral base it is essential that I have good physiotherapy contacts across the Southwest. Over the years of practice I have been lucky enough to meet a large number of very experienced and highly trained physiotherapists who specialise in return to function whether that be to walking without a stick after years of crippling arthritis, through to those who wish to return to competitive international sport.