Mr Hywel Dafydd


Hand and wrist surgery, Peripheral nerve surgery, Reconstructive microsurgery


MB BChir, MA (Cantab), MSc, FRCS (Plast)


I am a Consultant Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon with a specialist practice in surgery of the hand & wrist and limb reconstruction.

My private practice closely mirrors my NHS practice and includes the generality of hand and wrist surgery, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s disease, tendon problems, arthritis and more complex reconstruction or nerve problems. I frequently see patients referred from other hand surgeons with ongoing pain and functional problems following nerve injury.

I am the designated plastic surgeon for the Swansea Artificial Limb Centre and consequently perform all amputation stump revision procedures for the South West Wales population. This includes surgery for bony overgrowth, nerve pain problems such as neuroma, and issues with soft tissue padding or scarring.

I also have a keen interest in reconstruction following trauma, and work closely with Orthopaedic Trauma colleagues to manage the most complex skin, soft tissue and bony problems with a team-based approach. This often requires transplantation of skin, muscle or bone from one part of the body to another and re-establishing the blood supply using microsurgical techniques.

I qualified from Cambridge in 2001, then worked in plastic surgery units in Leicester, Birmingham, Coventry and Swansea. Towards the end of my training in 2012 – 2014 I completed a specialist fellowship in orthopaedic hand and wrist surgery in the Auckland Hand Unit, Middlemore Hospital, New Zealand. I was also one of only six international fellows selected to spend over a year learning cutting-edge microsurgical reconstructive techniques in Taiwan under Professor Fu-Chan Wei – a world expert in this field. Further subspecialist training was gained from a visiting fellowship to St. Louis, Missouri USA, to learn advanced peripheral nerve surgery from another world expert – Professor Susan Mackinnon.

I am a full member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand and served on its Education and Training Committee 2018 – 2020. I have co-authored a text book – Key Notes on Plastic Surgery – which is very popular with senior trainees as they approach their final consultant exams.