Chris Little, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Oxford

A specialist in all aspects of upper limb surgery, including arthroscopic wrist, shoulder and elbow surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, Dupuytren's fasciectomy, and hand and wrist injuries.

Mr Chris Little FRCS (Tr. & Orth.) FRCS (Eng.) MBChB BSc (Hons) currently works in the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, an internationally acclaimed centre for diagnosis and treatment of bone, joint and muscle conditions, and in the Trauma Unit of the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Mr Little has been a consultant hand and upper limb surgeon in Oxford since 2006. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1993, with degrees in Medicine and Physiology, and undertook his initial surgical training in Bristol and Gloucester. He completed his orthopaedic and trauma surgery training in Oxford, working as a clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford. He has completed fellowship training in hand, wrist and elbow surgery in the West Midlands at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Diana, Princess of Wales Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals of Birmingham. He was awarded the Intercollegiate Board Examination in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery in 2003.

Conditions and treatments

Mr Little treats the full range of hand, wrist, shoulder and elbow problems, including

  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Nerve compression
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Joint contracture
  • Joint instability
  • Bone and soft tissue tumours (benign and malignant)
  • Tendon disorders
  • Hand and wrist injuries (including wrist fracture mal-union correction and scaphoid non-unions)

He has expertise in all aspects of non-operative and surgical management of hand, wrist, shoulder and elbow problems including

  • Arthroscopy of shoulder, elbow and wrist
  • Arthroscopic (keyhole) rotator cuff decompression and acromio-clavicular joint excision
  • Rotator cuff repair (mini-open)
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder stabilisation (open and arthroscopic)
  • Shoulder, elbow and finger joint replacements
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow treatment
  • Carpal tunnel (median nerve) and cubital tunnel (ulnar nerve) decompressions, including revision surgery
  • Dupuytren’s contracture surgery, including minimally invasive treatment under local anaesthetic
  • Arthritis treatment of all hand and upper limb joints

Research, publications, and training

Mr Little has published original clinical research in international journals on scaphoid fracture surgery, elbow replacement surgery and outcome assessment after elbow surgery. He is actively involved in research projects on scaphoid surgery and shoulder rotator cuff repair, and in the teaching and training of medical students and orthopaedic trainees in Oxford. He edits the orthopaedic modules of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Surgical Training Programme (newSTEP) and reviews articles for the leading European orthopaedic journal.

Appointments, Consultation and Treatment

All appointments should be made via Mr Little’s Practice Manager, Ms Marie Noall, whose contact details can be found below. Mr Little is available for private patient appointments according to patients’ needs as he aims to provide a high quality, patient-focussed service; appointments can be made on most days.

Contact Information

Marie Noall (Practice Manager)
BMI Oxford Clinic
Windmill Road

Tel: 07941 768605
Fax: 07092 160829