Harpal

Upper Limb Specialist

Mr. Harpal Singh Uppal specialises in all upper limb surgery helping people with painful conditions of the arm including shoulder conditions like arthritis, rotator cuff tears, impingement, instability, tennis elbow, wrist pain, dupuytren's contracture, carpal tunnel and much more.

Mr Harpal Singh Uppal

BA, MA, BMBCh, FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedics)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Specialist in Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Surgery

I am a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in complex reconstructive shoulder and elbow surgery.

I am a Oxford graduate and completed my early surgical training in the Oxford region. I undertook higher specialist training in trauma and orthopaedics in the West Midlands deanery, gaining expert training in trauma and elective surgery in University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, followed by being selected for prestigious fellowships in upperlimb surgery in Exeter and Bristol.

conditions treated

Hand and Wrist Conditions
and Treatments

Mr Harpal Uppal, offers a dedicated service to patients with hand and wrist conditions. He treats patients with fractures, wounds, damaged ligaments, arthritis and sports injuries.

Hand and Wrist Conditions:

Shoulder and Elbow Conditions
and Treatments

Mr Harpal Uppal offers a quick diagnosis, intervention and management for shoulder and elbow conditions. He has access to state of the art imaging and technology to provide patients with the highest level of care.

Shoulder and Elbow conditions:

One Hatfield Hospital

One Hatfield Hospital
Hatfield Ave
Hatfield AL10 9UA
Tel: 01707 443333

Pinehill Hospital

Benslow Lane
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG4 9QZ
Tel: 01462 452888
Email: pa@upperlimbspecialist.co.uk

rehabilitation

Display biceps tendon repair

Complex elbow ORIF

Elbow replacement for trauma

PATIENT INFORMATION

We hold regular weekly clinics at One Hatfield Hospital and Pinehill Hospital in Hitchin.

Appointments are available by contacting the surgeon’s secretary who can offer and arrange a consultation for you over the phone. We have access to the hospitals’ appointment systems so there is no need to wait in an automated queue for an appointment.

Generally new consultations for private patients are half an hour slots and follow-up consultations are fifteen minutes which allows ample time for consultations. This is not a hard or fast rule and times may vary according to the complexity of each individual case. Should investigations be necessary they might be organised on the same day or at a later date.
The number of further consultations you need will depend on the operation you have had and how closely our surgeons need to monitor your progress. In general we aim to continue to see you until you have fully recovered from any procedure.
Painkilling (analgesic) and anti-inflammatory drugs play an important part in your rehabilitation following surgery. They help to control pain and swelling, enabling you to carry out your exercises and increase mobility. You will be provided with a supply of medication to take away after your operation (TTAs).

We work closely with a number of excellent physiotherapists and will discuss with you the most suitable. Most physiotherapists are recognised by all the major insurers. You will need to check your policy to see whether or not physiotherapy is included. The number and frequency of sessions required will be individually tailored to, and guided by your progress

Whether or not you have private medical insurance you are ultimately responsible for any fees incurred for consultations, investigations and surgery.

Our fees are usually covered in full by insurers, apart from your policy excess. However, there are many different insurance policy products and some of them may not cover the entire fee. We advise you to check with your insurer before proceeding with any treatment.

We are accept all major credit and debit cards, online bank transfers and cheques. Our invoices clearly state all payment methods, our bank account details and accounts contact number.

If you are paying for your own treatment, then a referral is not necessary although in general it is preferred. The majority of insurers will require a GP referral before authorising a consultation, investigations or any treatment. Many of our referrals come from physiotherapists and insurers will now accept that mode of referral. We advise you though to check with your private insurer as to whether you require a referral letter.

Should any surgery be necessary, a convenient time will be organised based on the nature of the operation, the necessary rehabilitation and the recovery time. Operative procedures all have a code that insurers and hospitals use and you are advised to obtain an authorisation number beforehand if using insurance. You can obtain this information by contacting the surgeon’s secretary.
Initial consultations usually last around 30 minutes, but may be more or less than this, as required to come to a treatment plan. During this time we will ask you about the details of your problem, your symptoms and the impact it is having on your life. Your surgeon will examine the affected joint and if required send you for an x-ray. The surgeon will then discuss with you the most likely cause of your problem and offer potential treatment options. If appropriate a steroid injection may be given in clinic or arranged under image guidance in the radiology department. Sometimes other investigations such as ultrasound, MRI or CT are needed which will usually be arranged within a week.
Some operations are done as a day case while others require a stay in hospital. Although insurers and hospitals will place an expected length of stay on any procedure, it is in general better to keep any inpatient time to a minimum. You will be discharged as soon as safe and able.

While most people being treated in the private sector will have insurance cover, an increasing number are choosing to fund their own treatment. There is no need for a referral letter for self funding patients. If you would like to obtain an idea of costs, we would be happy to base an estimate on the information you are able to provide. Please contact the surgeons’ secretary directly and she can happily answer any questions regarding self funding and book you in for an initial consultation.

Our surgeons are recognised as a Specialist Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons by all the major insurance companies, including AXA PPP, Aviva, BUPA, Cigna, Vitality Health, etc. Patients seeking a consultation or treatment under their medical insurance policy usually require a referral from their GP or a physiotherapist. It is advisable to contact your insurance company before your first consultation or if any investigations or surgery are planned to confirm that they will cover the costs. You will need to obtain an authorisation code from them and give it to the hospital so private treatment can be carried out.

We regularly treat international patients. Please let us know if there are any language requirements and we will liaise with your hospital of choice where you will be treated, for interpreter services. All international patients will be required to pay their bill at their appointment or prior to surgery. We accept cash in British Pounds and accept all major credit cards. We are happy to provide a letter from your surgeon so you can organise a visa for travel and your stay in the UK to undergo treatment. Embassy or sponsored patients are required to bring a letter of guarantee provided by their embassy stating the patient name and consultant responsible for care. Letter of guarantee should state your Consultant Surgeon’s name, Mr Harpal Singh Uppal. Our private medical secretaries are happy to assist you in organising your appointment and surgery.

testimonials

I just wanted to say many thanks for fixing my wrist. I have now returned to work and have 100% used of it. Many thanks again.

Thank you so much for all you have done with my left hand. As a musician it is vital to get my dexterity back and this is indeed happening, praise God! The first time I blew three notes on my sax I cried with thanksgiving. Be encouraged to know that you are gifted and skilled. My hands/mind is restored not just physical well-being but emotional healing too.

Many thanks to Mr Uppal and his team.

ROB JEKLIN

Athlete
5/5

I accepted the offer of treatment and Mr Uppal's team made the arrangements to fix a date for the operation. Mr Uppal explained the preparation requirements for him and his team to carry out the operation.

I just wanted to say many thanks for fixing my wrist. I have now returned to work and have 100% used of it. Many thanks again.

Thank you so much for all you have done with my left hand. As a musician it is vital to get my dexterity back and this is indeed happening, praise God! The first time I blew three notes on my sax I cried with thanksgiving. Be encouraged to know that you are gifted and skilled. My hands/mind is restored not just physical well-being but emotional healing too.

Many thanks to Mr Uppal and his team.

Mr Uppal was extremely helpful with any questions and concerns that I had pre and post operation. I would certainly recommend him to anyone who requires the same or similar surgery. My recovery and subsequent physiotherapy is going well and the pain I was suffering prior to the operation has gone.

I had a total shoulder joint replacement operation on 21st November 2018 carried out by Mr Uppal. From the initial consultation with him during August, which included x-rays and scans, he determined and explained in full the extent of the surgery I required on the follow up appointment a few days later.

I accepted the offer of treatment and Mr Uppal's team made the arrangements to fix a date for the operation. Mr Uppal explained the preparation requirements for him and his team to carry out the operation.

AMARYAN JACKSON

Gymnast
5/5

I had a total shoulder joint replacement operation on 21st November 2018 carried out by Mr Uppal. From the initial consultation with him during August, which included x-rays and scans, he determined and explained in full the extent of the surgery I required on the follow up appointment a few days later.

Ellaine Doe

Body Builder
5/5

Mr Uppal was extremely helpful with any questions and concerns that I had pre and post operation. I would certainly recommend him to anyone who requires the same or similar surgery. My recovery and subsequent physiotherapy is going well and the pain I was suffering prior to the operation has gone.

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