Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Nick Harris is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and Spire Leeds Hospital. Mr Harris has developed an international reputation in total ankle replacement surgery and arthroscopic surgery around the foot and ankle.

Mr Nick Harris took up his post as a consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at Leeds General Infirmary and as senior clinical lecturer at the University of Leeds in August 2001. Mr Nick Harris has a sub-specialty interest in foot and ankle surgery. He completed a foot and ankle fellowship in Dublin with Mr Mike Stevens who was then President of the European Foot and Ankle Society. Mr Harris also trained with Mr Tom Smith past President of the British Orthopaedic Foot Surgery Society.  Mr Harris has a particular interest in ankle replacement surgery and has performed approximately 400 such procedures. He is a member of the Biomet Total Ankle Replacement Faculty looking at ways to continually improve techniques and results in this challenging area. Mr Harris also undertakes large numbers of forefoot and bunion operations. In addition to foot and ankle surgery Mr Harris undertakes general knee surgery and has spent time working with Mr Dan Du Plessis, a knee surgeon in South Africa, who looked after the Springboks Rugby Team.

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Specialist in Total Ankle Replacement

Rebalance Implant

Rebalance Total Ankle Replacement(Biomet) implant

Nick Harris, Total Ankle Replacement Surgery

Nick Harris, Total Ankle Replacement Surgery

Without doubt, the advancements in total ankle replacement surgery have interested me the most. It is a rapidly changing area. Some patients get excellent results but it does not work for everyone.

I am the clinical leader for the design of the Rebalance Total Ankle replacement(Biomet) which is currently being used in limited centres in 8 countries. The Rebalance Total Ankle has a different surface coating and is the first ankle replacement to use ‘e’ poly a highly crosslinked bearing which has been shown to reduce wear rates by 85% compared to other replacements.

Rugby's influence on my career

As a medical student I was lucky enough to get selected for the North and Midlands of Scotland to play against the touring Australian side in 1988. Nick Farr-Jones, and Michael Linagh were on the bench! I moved to Yorkshire as a Registrar and was offered a professional contract with Rotherham Titans rugby union club. I sometimes regret not taking a few years out from medicine to play rugby but didn’t think I was clever enough to combine the two.

I have a large sports injuries practice and there is no greater challenge to your surgery than getting a professional athlete back playing. I don’t just look after professional athletes and find it just as rewarding getting amateur sportspeople back to their weekend sports.

Author & Editor

Examination Techniques in Orthopaedics

I am a co-author of a best selling book on orthopaedics. Examination Techniques in Orthopaedics

Examination Techniques in Orthopaedics comprehensively covers the basic examination skills and important special tests needed to evaluate the adult and paediatric musculoskeletal system.

Fundamentals of Orthopaedics and Traumatoloy Fundamentals of Orthopaedics and Traumatoloy

Designed to complement Fundamentals of Surgical Practice, Fundamentals of Orthopaedics and Trauma is also aimed at the basic surgical trainee, and covers all of the key areas of relevance to the junior orthopaedic surgeon and the trainee. The book begins with coverage of key aspects of biomechanics, investigations and perioperative care and anaesthesia and moves on to prostheses and orthotic braces, the pathology of bone and joint disease, injury and neuromuscular disorders and finally to the individual surgical management of trauma and disease to all of the main areas of the body (including burns).