Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon MBChB, MRCS, FRCS, MD, PGCertMedEd

After completing his surgical training as a specialist orthopaedic surgeon, Mr James Berstock undertook a further three years of advanced surgical training to learn the latest techniques and strategies for helping patients with hip and knee problems. He was the 2018 recipient of the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Scholarship, an award which was presented to him in Las Vegas for career long achievements in the field of hip and knee joint replacement.

He spent a year in Vancouver working in one of the world’s most prestigious and impressive arthroplasty units, gaining a wealth of experience in hip and knee joint replacement. His other fellowships include the Bristol hip surgery fellowship where he gained additional experience in hip preservation and arthroscopic hip surgery, and a fellowship in complex adult lower limb trauma.

His formal academic training has been acquired as the advanced hip research fellow in Bristol, where he completed his MD thesis exploring how different approaches to hip and knee surgery can improve the results for patients. Following this, he completed a NIHR funded Clinical Lectureship at the University of Bristol. James currently serves as the Editor-in Chief of Hip International which keeps him on top of the very latest developments in his field.

James is now performing surgery using the Mako® robotic-arm at Bath Clinic and Sulis Hospital. This is specifically designed technology developed for complex hip and knee replacement surgeries. The technology comprises a navigation system combined with a robotic arm. This form of surgery allots for more accurate results, less trauma to the bone and tissue, which lends to better surgical results, less pain and a faster post-operative recovery.

James has a strong sense of commitment when it comes to his patients and their care. His continued research interests are focussed around getting the best possible results for patients.

“I had an operation on my hip a week ago with Dr Berstock and received excellent treatment.”

“I had a full left knee replacement by Mr Berstock. He and his team were excellent in all regards. At all times I felt well informed, safe , supported and receiving care of the highest quality.”

“Dr Berstock was involved right from the beginning, explaining everything in depth. I found Dr Berstock to be very caring and understanding.”

“I cannot recommend Dr Berstock highly enough to anyone who is contemplating surgery.”


Respectfulness 100%
Clarity of Consultation 100%
Attentiveness 100%
Patient Interest 100%
Interpersonal Skills 100%
Patient Understanding 100%
Overall Score 100%

* Results from the GMC revalidation process where patients scored Mr Berstock good or outstanding.


Mr Berstock’s clinical interests stem from research experience in maximising outcomes for patients and mitigating the risk of complications. He also has expertise in enhanced recovery and has set up day case joint replacement services.

  • Hip replacement
  • Young adult hip surgery and hip arthroscopy
  • Revision hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Revision knee replacement
  • Mako® robotic-arm


British Orthopaedic Association
European Hip Society
Royal College of Surgeons