Consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon
Mr Candal-Couto’s area of specialty is upper limb surgery, with a special interest in shoulder and elbow surgery.
As the trust’s lead for upper limb surgery, Mr Candal-Couto is highly experienced in shoulder arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery, shoulder and elbow joint replacements and upper limb trauma.
He has a special interest in developing day-case treatment for most shoulder conditions including instability, rotator cuff disease, frozen shoulder and arthroplasty. The management of shoulder fractures is another of his main interests, as well as the provision of awake shoulder arthroscopic surgery when patients are welcome to watch their operation as it is performed.
A consultant with the trust since 2004, Mr Candal-Couto obtained his medical degree with Honours from Dundee University in 1995 and after completing house jobs in the city he moved to the North East. Here he carried out his basic surgical training and was appointed as a higher surgical trainee in trauma and orthopaedics in the Northern Deanery in 1998. After completing a shoulder fellowship in Auckland, New Zealand in 2003, he joined Northumbria Healthcare.
Heavily involved in education to train surgeons of the future, Mr Candal-Couto is the North East lecture programme coordinator for specialist trainees in trauma and orthopaedic surgery. He is regularly involved in regional, national and international courses. In addition he is an honorary lecturer at Teeside University and member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Education Committee.
With an interest in research, Mr Candal-Couto leads on a number of clinical trials within the trust and has published many papers.
He is a member of many organisations including Royal College of Surgeons of England, British Orthopaedic Association and British Elbow & Shoulder Society.
Mr Candal-Couto sees patients at Wansbeck and Hexham general hospitals.