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Areas of Expertise

Miss Umarji performs a range of treatments, including:

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cubital Tunnel Release
  • Dupuytren’s Surgery (inc needle fasciotomy)
  • Trigger Finger injections and release
  • Scaphoid fractures (acute and non-union)
  • Wrist fractures including complications
  • Ligament injuries
  • Arthroscopy (Key-hole surgery)
  • Surgery for hand /wrist arthritis (replacements, fusions etc)
  • De Quervain’s injections and release
  • Platelet Rich Plasma injections

Some of the conditions she commonly treats are:

  • All nerve compressions
  • Trigger digit
  • Fractures of the wrist / hand
  • Scaphoid fractures
  • Wrist pain and instability
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendonitis inc de Quervain’s
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Arthritis

Personal Biography

Miss Shamim Umarji is a highly skilled Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises exclusively in hand and wrist surgery.

She qualified from Oxford University in 1996 and trained at Cambridge University, Bristol and the St George’s registrar program in London. She undertook super-specialist hand/wrist fellowships at the Windsor Hand Clinic under David Evans and at the premier specialist plastics hand unit in Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.

She was appointed as Consultant at St George’s Hospital, one of Europe’s leading teaching hospitals and a major trauma centre, in 2009.  At St George’s, Miss Umarji is the Lead Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist surgeon and was Clinical Director for Trauma & Orthopaedics, and now CD for Surgery.

Miss Umarji will always endeavour to exhaust all non-interventional / non-operative treatments before embarking on surgery. She has a special research interest in Dupuytren’s disease and at her NHS base is the Principle Investigator for a national multi-centre trial exploring non-operative treatment options and new techniques (eg collagenase injections and needle fasciotomy). She also has research interests in biologics such as platelet rich plasma therapies.

Working in a Major Trauma Centre brings inevitable experience around devastating hand / wrist traumas, complex as well as simple wrist / hand / scaphoid fractures and their complications. Miss Umarji is happy to provide expert second opinions on all complex hand / wrist problems as well as treating the more straightforward conditions such as carpal tunnel decompression, arthritis (osteo- and rheumatoid), tendon pathologies etc.

As a former Oxford Double Blue, she has nationally represented at rugby and cricket and she understands the importance of getting patients back to their sporting goals. Many of her patients are high level athletes, rowers, tennis and rugby players. She is naturally interested in sports injuries (eg scapholunate ligament / TFCC injuries / arm pump etc).

Miss Umarji lives in Wimbledon and has children who attend local schools. She embraces life in SW19 and is a rugby coach for the Under 12 boys at Wimbledon Rugby Club as well as umpiring/ coaching duties at the Wimbledon Cricket Club.  She loves sport especially rugby, cricket and tennis and is a player member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

Research

Miss Umarji’s is committed to training and research and has presented and published work nationally and internationally.

Her research interests are: basal thumb arthritis, specialist hand/wrist conditions, high energy wrist trauma, general trauma and Dupuytren’s disease.

She is the principle investigator at St Georges for the NIHR multicentre trial, looking at surgery versus collagenase as treatments.

Getting to know Miss Umarji

Outside work, Miss Umarji enjoys family life and most sports, in particular cricket, rugby, tennis and skiing. She was awarded Oxford Blues in cricket and rugby, and also played for the Marylebone Cricket Club. Miss Umarji is an active member of the MCC, a rugby coach at Wimbledon Rugby Club (Under 10s) and a Friend of the Royal Opera House.

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