Mr Ashok Acharya is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in Foot and Ankle surgery
Morton’s Neuroma Excision
Bunion removal and treatment - Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) and Open
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
Ganglion Removal Surgery
Joint manipulation treatment
Joint pain treatment (joint injections)
MSc (Ortho Engg)
I am a Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon working at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. My elective (non-emergency) work is split between King George Hospital, Ilford and Queens’ Hospital, Romford. I also provide regular on-call support for orthopaedic accident and emergency patients at Queen’s Hospital.
I specialise in adult foot and ankle surgery and all types of children’s (paediatric) orthopaedics. I keep up-to-date with surgical care of orthopaedic trauma patients via my on-call commitments at Queen’s hospital and my work as an Acute Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Instructor. I believe that all patients have the right to expect the best of care from their healthcare professionals and I do my best to always achieve this standard.
While I practise all aspects of adult foot and ankle surgery, I have a particular interest in minimally-invasive (keyhole) foot and ankle surgery. I am particularly proud of introducing ‘keyhole’ bunion corrective surgery to the Essex area, with its significant benefits to patients in terms of minimal pain, scarring and stiffness and therefore a quicker recovery.
Training, education and research
After gaining my medical qualification and masters in orthopaedic surgery from one the top medical institutes in India, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, I came to the UK for further training. I completed my specialist orthopaedic training in Wales and was awarded the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) by the GMC in January 2011. During my training I also spent time in France and Canada doing hands-on surgical fellowships.
I consider it my duty to pass my knowledge and skills to up-and-coming surgeons in the UK and abroad and I participate regularly in regional, national and international meetings and workshops. I regularly host visiting surgeons from developing countries like India, where foot and ankle surgery is still in its infancy.
I am the Clinical Governance lead for the orthopaedic department at BHR Hospitals and my goal is to put the orthopaedic department on the path to being on the national and international map as a centre of clinical and research excellence.
Procedure volumes and outcomes
In the last three years, I have performed or supervised about 850 procedures, of which around 75% were planned adult foot and ankle and paediatric orthopaedic cases. In a typical year, besides other operations and injection treatments, I do approximately 20 mid-foot fusions; ten hindfoot fusions; six ankle fusion and replacements; 30 ankle and foot arthroscopies, 15 tendon reconstructions; 50 big toe corrections, fusions and replacements, 50 lesser toe corrections and 15 neuroma excisions.
I use the Amplitude pro oneTM System to gather Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) data for all my foot and ankle surgical patients. Over time, this data will help me analyse which procedures help my patients most so that I can adjust my practice accordingly.
Use of Patient Related Outcome Measures (PROMs) in foot and ankle surgery.
Oct 2009 - FEBOT - European Board of Orthopaedics & Traumatology
Sep 2009 - FRCS (Orth) - Intercollegiate Specialty Board, UK
Jul 2007 - MSc Ortho Engg - Cardiff University
May 2001 - FRCS - Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow
Jul 1996 - MS (Orth) - Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
Jul 1990 - MBBS - Mangalore University, India
British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (BOFAS)
British Society of Children’s Orthopaedic Surgeons (BSCOS)
British Indian Orthopaedic Society (BIOS)
World Orthopaedic Concern (WOC)
Bombay Orthopaedic Society (BOS)
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust