West Midlands / Orthopaedics

Mr Gunaratnam Shyamalan

FRCS T&O British Hand Diploma

Consultant Hand, Wrist & Elbow Surgeon






07931 373 135

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Mr Shyamalan is a dedicated Hand Surgeon working and training others at The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, serving a population of over one million people. He is regarded to be one of the leading hand surgeons in the West Midlands.


He sees complex hand, wrist and elbow problems in his general NHS hand clinics in Solihull and Good Hope Hospital (Sutton Coldfield). He also performs general orthopaedic trauma surgery at Heartlands Hospital, sub-specialising in complex upper limb injuries such as fractures around the shoulder and elbow.

Currently he is the Clinical Governance Lead for Trauma and Orthopaedics and is a member of the quality and safety panel for surgical specialities.

His Hand & Plastic Surgery fellowship training was undertaken at three world class units:

- Ganga Hospital, India, with Raja Sabapathy.

- Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, with Professor Tonkin.
- The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, with Kate Owers and Rupert Eckersley.
He has worked and published research with David Warwick.

During this time he developed expertise in complex nerve procedures, children’s hand problems, soft tissue hand trauma, including tendon, nerve and arterial repair, arthritis work, including joint replacement and wrist arthroscopy.

Mr Shyamalan’s aim is to offer an individualised, multi disciplinary service in the management of hand and wrist conditions. He works with hand therapists and gives due consideration to both surgical and non-surgical options


Personal profile

I grew up in County Durham, studying at Barnard Castle School. I developed a particular passion for rugby and went on to play for Durham County at School level. I broke my scaphoid bone at school which required surgery, starting my love of hand surgery. I’m still involved in cricket and squash, although I’ve stopped full contact rugby these days as it plays havoc with ones fingers!

The real secret to my success is my wife and two little girls. In a changing landscape, steering our two girls to a happy life is our main goal. We enjoy many activities together; however, if I had to choose a favourite, it would be sailing in the Thames Estuary with the family.

Procedures & Sub-specialties

  • Hand & Wrist Arthritis and Trauma

  • Minimally invasive surgery for Dupuytren’s disease (Xiapex- collagenase)

  • Peripheral nerve injury and compression (Carpal Tunnel Surgery)

  • Wrist and Thumb arthroscopy (key hole surgery)

  • Scaphoid fractures and failed healing

  • Small joint replacement in the hand and wrist (knuckle replacements)

  • Elbow conditions

  • Fractures around the shoulder

Clinic locations

  • Spire Parkway Hospital
    By appointment

  • Spire South Bank Hospital
    By appointment

  • FOCUS Clinics
    By appointment

  • Warwickshire Nuffield Hospital
    By appointment

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RF 21.7.16 I came seeking help desperate for use of my left hand after 12 months of pain and discomfort from a previous operation in Birmingham to attempt a repair on my nerves to my thumb and finger. The Spire clinic is in my opinion the best thing since sliced bread. After speaking to Mr Shyamalan he explained a procedure he could perform to put my hand back to normal. After the operation in just two weeks I could feel a massive difference. 6 weeks after I am using my my left hand in a normal manner. I am so happy with the result and the Spire hospital/ Clinic are so professional. In short brilliant, professional,caring. Exactly what it says on the label!

SM 4.10.16  The care was excellent. Surgeon second to none. I was well advised and glad that I had the surgery. Mr Shyamalan was very caring and a jolly man. I would not hesitate to return if I needed further surgery.

LB 4.10.16   Thanks for the speedy diagnosis to completion of carpal tunnel surgery on both hands. This was a great relief immediately and all involved looked after me very well ensuring a speedy recovery.

BR 11.10.16 I was suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome with numbness, pins and needles and pain. Since having the operation I have got all sensation and feeling back in my fingers. The operation was only six weeks ago but I’m fully recovered thanks to an excellent surgeon and the aftercare.

AA 19.10.16 Great advice and very happy with care received. Came to see Mr S with severe nerve damage to my arms, this was quickly diagnosed and resolved, many thanks.

KG 20.10.16 Surgery was very prompt and I was made to feel very at ease. Whole process was smooth and efficient. Recovering well and happy.

BA 20.10.16 I had both hands done simultaneously with a marvellous result. Many thanks for the service.

KD 1.9.16  I am extremely happy with the service I received from start to end. The building at Spire Droitwich was very comfortable and not the normal busy hospital which is unnerving. My consultant was ready to see me on time which is unheard of for the NHS. If I could afford to go private for each treatment needed at hospital based on this visit I would. Fantastic service.

JE 1.9.16  I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands. (6 weeks ago). The surgery was a painless experience and would recommend having both hands done together. I no longer have sleepless nights with painful hands and arms. I am returning to work on Monday. Thank you Mr Shyamalan.

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