Robert Hensher is a graduate of Liverpool University. He qualified Bachelor of Dental Surgery 1972 & MB ChB 1st Cl.Hons 1978 and was awarded the Henry Briggs Gold Medal.
After pre registration medical posts, including as a professorial medical house officer, he had a broad training with periods in orthopaedics, casualty, general & vascular surgery before returning to Oral and maxillo facial. He was appointed Registrar to Westminster & Queen Mary's Roehampton, Hospitals in 1981. From there he was seconded to the prestigious Oral and maxillo facial (OMF) Rotation at Louisiana State University and Charity Hospital New Orleans. Returning to London he progressed to senior registrar positions at Westminster and Queen Mary's Roehampton Hospitals, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and University College Hospital.
This period of training included a secondment to The Zahn, Mund und Kiefer (ZMK) Unit in Münster West Germany. During this attachment he wrote a number of papers for the German and International journals. He undertook research developing a novel graft/implant material and unusually was awarded both the NL Rowe and the BAOMS President’s Prizes – one of the few to win both.
He was appointed Consultant Oral and maxillo facial (OMF) Surgeon to Gloucester Cheltenham & Cirencester Hospitals in 1986, remaining in this post till 2000. It was during this period he pioneered TMJ Replacement for which he now has a national and international reputation.
He has written chapters in standard text books and numerous professional papers on jaw joint replacement. He was invited to join the American Society of TMJ Surgeons, one of the first non American Surgeons to be so inducted. He is one of the most senior maxillo-facial surgeons in London.
His outside interests are music, motorcycling, historic car restoration and equestrianism. Recently he retired as medical officer to Badminton Horse Trials and The Isle of Man TT Races. He holds an ACU Motorsport Doctor's licence.
Robert Hensher is married with one son and divides his time between practising in London and his home in Dorset
Maxillo facial surgery developed from dental origins as surgeons began to treat increasingly complex cases. The ancient physician Galen said that war was the only school for a surgeon and with the increasing numbers of casualties suffering facial injuries from the First and Second World Wars, specialist surgeons developed increasingly complex techniques to treat them. Pioneering leaders in the speciality soon realised that this area of medicine required uniquely a dental and medical training and in more recent times, maxillo-facial surgeons have undergone broad training in general and related surgical specialities as well as obtaining postgraduate dental qualifications.
The specialty has continued to expand and advance into many areas as consultants developed expertise in their sub specialities. These include treatment of facial and oral cancer, congenital deformities eg cleft lips palates and faces, trauma and cosmetic surgery. Many of these consultants work in teams with colleagues in related areas, such as plastic, ent and orthopaedic surgeons. There is also close collaboration with orthodontists, as part of such treatment, for example the recent development of sophisticated jaw joint prostheses and micro-vascular techniques.
There is also close liaison with general and specialist dental surgeons, helping facilitate procedures ranging from minor oral surgery such as wisdom tooth removal to dental implantology, often using bone grafting to enable a much wider number of patients to be successfully provided with a functioning and highly satisfactory restoration of the dentition.
Daily activities include minor oral surgery eg. wisdom tooth removal, biopsies etc. Patients are also assessed for more complex treatment eg. dental implants, a large part of the practice, bone-grafting and jaw joint surgery. Botox injection techniques may be undertaken for jaw function disorders.
Patients are also seen for assessment prior to major maxillo-facial surgery including jaw/facial osteotomy operations and jaw joint replacement using bespoke artificial joints. Combined consultation with other specialists, eg. orthodontists, prosthodontists and plastic surgeons also take place in the consulting room at Harcourt House.