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Mr Richard Westerman Hip Knee Surgeon Coventry


Specialising in

Hip & Knee Joint Replacement Surgery


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Mr Richard Westerman went to medical school at the University of Birmingham in 1996.


He joined the Armed Forces, completed commando training and gained the prestigious 'Green Beret', before working as the medical officer for a Royal Marine Commando Unit.


He later returned to the West Midlands for his Basic Surgical Training, working at Selly Oak and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

He gained an MSc with Merit in Orthopaedic Engineering, whilst developing the spectrum of his reconstruction knowledge and skills.

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Mr Richard Westerman Hip Knee Surgeon Warwickshire




He undertook the majority of his specialist Orthopaedic training in Nottingham and Derby before moving to the world renowned Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in Exeter for fellowship training, as well as gaining valuable experience by spending time at centres in North America.


He teaches on many courses, training surgeons nationally and internationally. He has published his work in a wide variety of international journals.

In 2023 he was named 'Educator of the Year' by UHCW and Warwick University Medical School, for his inspirational teaching style.


Working as a Consultant Hip and Knee Surgeon at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

NHS Trust, he has a particular interest in young adult, complex hip and revision hip replacement surgery. 



You will arrive at the hospital on the same day as your surgery.


Please avoid moisturising or shaving your legs for 2 days before surgery (to keep infection risks low).


You will meet your Anaesthetist on the day, prior to surgery and discuss the merits of a Spinal and a General Anaesthetic. Mr Westerman's preference is for most patients to have a spinal anaesthetic, which encourages early movement of your leg on the same day as your surgery and therefore helps keeps your overall risks low . You will be offered additional medication to allow you to drift off to sleep and not hear anything, if you wish. Alternatively you are very welcome to bring some music and headphones, to listen to throughout the operation. 


Mr Westerman injects local anaesthetic around your joint replacement during the operation, enabling you to walk the same day as surgery with minimal discomfort. This is called the Enhanced Recovery Programme, designed to keep risks as low as possible and aim for excellent results.



Operation Day: We will aim to get you standing and walking a few steps

Day 1: Will involve progressive mobilisation, ideally walking to the toilet and back.

Day 2-3: The physiotherapists will encourage you to be walking on the stairs. 


The majority of patients leave hospital after 2-3 nights. Before leaving hospital you will be safely mobile with two crutches and able to go up and down the stairs.


Mr Westerman will review you again in the outpatient clinic, at around 6 weeks. If there are any concerns regarding your wound, it is important you let us know. Mr Westerman is very keen to review you before anyone prescribes you antibiotics for a wound problem.

Warwickshire Nuffield Hospital

The Chase

Old Milverton Lane

Leamington Spa


CV32 6RW


Practice Manager: Mrs Julie Thompson


Tel: 024 7661 2681

The Meriden Hospital

University Hospital Site

Clifford Bridge Road





Practice Manager: Mrs Julie Thompson


Tel: 024 7661 2681

University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

University Hospital
Clifford Bridge Road




Secretary: Becki Goode


Tel:  02476 965080


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