Professional Profile
Mr Apthorp trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. He went on to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital for his orthopaedic training. He then went to Perth in Western Australia to spend a year working with Professor David Wood to further develop his expertise in complex hip and knee surgery.

Mr Apthorp became a consultant in 1999 and, since then, has continued to develop his practice in revision hip surgery, primary hip replacements and young adults with hip problems and, since 2004, minimally invasive hip surgery. 


He carries out over 500 hip replacements per year.

Additional Information

Medical qualifications FRCS (Orth)

Year of qualification 1987

Current NHS Post(s) East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

Current memberships Royal College of Surgeons, British Orthopaedic Association, British Hip Society

Mr Apthorp has worked with the Department of Health to develop similar programmes in other hospitals throughout the UK.

Personal Profile
Mr Apthorp is married to a Consultant Radiologist and has two young daughters.

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Patient testimonial

"I can't praise the Horder centre enough, had my hip replaced by Mr Apthorp and I'm feeling sore but fantastic! A big thanks to all the staff from theatre down to porter you all do a fantastic job, once again thank you."

- 5 star Facebook review

Patient testimonial

"A week on from hip replacement surgery with Mr. Apthorp and am (almost) skipping around again like a 6yr old. A new woman! Pain free.

I have nothing but praise for the Horder Center and their staff. The whole process from start to finish was informative and thorough. Any fears put to rest. Would not hesitate to recommend. Thank you Horder."

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