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Lauren Uppal


My private practice is based in North London at St John and St Elizabeth Hospital and Hendon Hospital. They are leading healthcare hospitals in the UK which provide exceptionally high standards of clinical care and are always up to date with latest technology.


My NHS practice is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in Central London where I am the Clinical Lead for Wide Awake Hand Surgery and Lead for Simulation Training. I am committed to improving safety and outcomes following surgery and as such, have pioneered a new ‘Wide Awake Surgery’ (also known as WALANT) service for Hand Surgery. This has improved the safety of many operations, which are now mainly performed under local anaesthetic instead of general anaesthetic. My subspecialty interests are Joint Replacements and Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction. I am a member of the BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand) Surgical Implant Working Group as part of my interest in safer use of implants in surgery. I am also a member of the Multidiciplinary Team managing upper limb tumours and Vascular Anomalies.


I graduated with first class honours in New Zealand in 2001, prior to specialising in Plastic Surgery in London. I continued to train in subspecialty areas in fellowships, including training in orthoplastic complex trauma reconstruction and hand surgery at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, paediatric hand surgery at Great Ormond St Hospital and aesthetic surgery at The Wellington Hospital. After obtaining Fellowship status at the Royal College of Surgeons, I was also awarded the European Board of Hand Surgery Diploma. I became a consultant in 2014.


I am passionate about training the next generation of surgeons. I am the Course Director for the Advanced Hand and Wrist Cadaveric Dissection Course in London and I run simulation courses on 3D printed models. I have Chaired live operating sessions on Joint Replacements at BSSH and cadaveric workshops on Joint Replacements for BAPRAS. I have taught on the Advances in Peripheral NerveI Surgery Workshop to disseminate knowledge on modern techniques to improve outcomes. I teach at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal Society of Medicine and I am on the invited faculty of several other plastic and hand surgery courses. I also organise and teach on specialist training courses for Hand Therapists and General Practitioners.


I sit on the interview panel for National Selection for plastic surgery trainees. I have many publications in peer reviewed journals, including book chapters, and I have presented my work internationally.


I am compassionate and committed to providing the highest quality care.


I work with a dedicated team of people to ensure you receive the highest quality care. 

I am supported by my Practice Manager Sarah Glynn, and assistant Sharelle.  With Sarah leading, they work closely together to help coordinate clinics and operating lists. Please call the number below to discuss your enquiries with Sarah and she can answer any questions you may have. 

I work with specialist nurses who will look after you during and after your treatment. 

If you are having an operation on your hand, you will also be cared for by a fantastic team of hand therapists, whom I work very closely with. They are essential to optimise your outcome and get you back to work and all your day to day activities.

Depending on your operation, you may also be cared for by an anaesthetist who may administer either a general anaesthetic or brachial plexus block, and ensure your safety and optimum comfort.



European Board of Hand Surgery Diploma 2014


FRCS(Plast): Royal College of Surgeons of England 2012


MRCS: Royal College of Surgeons of England 2006


MBChB: University of Otago, New Zealand 2001


British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) 

British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH)


Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH)

General Medical Council

Medical Protection Society

British Medical Association


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