Limb reconstruction surgeon

Alex Vris

I am a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, one of the busiest Major Trauma Centres in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe. I specialise in complex lower limb trauma, limb reconstruction, bone infection and foot and ankle surgery. I am an expert in the application of the Ilizarov technique, the use of hexapod software assisted fixators and the technique of limb lengthening and bone transport with magnetic telescopic internal devices.

In my daily practice I deal with complex injuries and severe post traumatic complications such as bone infection, deformity correction and non-union surgery (failure of bone healing). I also hold a leading role in the Barts Health Orthoplastics service, where patients receive joint care from lower limb orthopaedic and plastic surgeons after suffering with bone and soft tissue problems as a result of severe open fractures or infection. 

I also run a private practice in limb reconstruction and a medico-legal service specialising in complex high energy trauma.

My mission as an orthopaedic surgeon is to provide my patients with the most comfortable, quick and uncomplicated functional and aesthetic recovery from devastating injuries and chronic conditions. I am a passionate advocate of technological innovations in treating limb deformities, length discrepancies and bone loss. When safe, I prefer treating my complex patients with all-internal methods, avoiding the discomfort and complications of external frames. 

My vision is to establish and publish treatment protocols for these difficult conditions that would help less experienced surgeons deliver high standard quality of care.

My passion outside my clinical work is teaching. I am a regular instructor in Orthopaedic courses in the UK and abroad, and qualified faculty for AO UK and AO international, the biggest Orthopaedic trauma training provider globally. I am also faculty on the QMUL ‘Trauma Sciences’ MSc summer school, and enjoy online teaching, delivering educational webinars with the Royal London Hospital orthopaedic trauma team.

I started my training in the limb reconstruction subspecialty in Kurgan, Russia, in the world renowned Ilizarov Centre. This was followed by a year of fellowship training in the Royal London Hospital, and visiting fellowships at the Oxford Bone Infection Unit in Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Limb Reconstruction Unit. I have also completed a post CCT foot and ankle and diabetic foot fellowship training programme in King’s College Hospital in London. 

I am in the General Medical Council specialist register since March 2014, and a member of the British Limb Reconstruction Society, the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the European Bone and Joint Infection Society and AO Trauma.