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Telephone: 01942 244 000

Mr Ian A Trail


Mr Ian A Trail
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hand and Upper Limb

Qualifications: M.D., F.R.C.S.Ed., F.R.C.S.E.

 Choose and Book Codes:
 Elbow complex
 ORSW - Shoulder  
Speciality Areas:

Hand Surgery:

  • Arthiritis of the Hand and Wrist
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytren's Disease
  • Tendonitis
  • Ganglions
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis  
  • Complex Reconstruction
  • Injury to the Hand and Wrist 

Shoulder Surgery:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries of the shoulder
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Reconstruction

Elbow Surgery:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Stiff or painful elbows
  • Elbow replacement
  • Elbow reconstruction
Contact Details:

Tel Secretary : 01257 256233  

Clinic Access Times:

Thursdays  0900 - 1300  Wrightington
Thursdays  1330 - 1630  Wrightington


Ian has been a Consultant at Wrightington Hospital for almost eighteen years and is currently the Senior Clinician and 'Head of Service'.

He qualified from the University of Manchester Medical School in 1978, thereafter receiving training in the North West, Europe and the United States, the latter as a Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.  He was appointed as a Consultant at Wrightington Hospital in 1991.

Not only is Mr Trail a Consultant at Wrightington Hospital, but he also practices at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester and the University of Central Lancashire. Nationally, he currently serves on the Councils of the British Society of Surgery of the Hand and the British Orthopaedic Association.  At the same time, he has been elected to serve as Editor of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow.

Since 1989, he has published over seventy research papers and has delivered numerous national and international presentations.  He has been a guest lecturer to both the American and Indian societies of surgery of the hand.  Currently he has authored two books on surgery to the hand and elbow.

In addition to this, he has also been involved in the development of several new joint replacements used widely in the shoulder, elbow and hand.  He has also helped to develop new operations and new systems for treating injuries to the hand and wrist, including fractures.