Mr Lester Wilson

Mr Lester Wilson

MB BS, BSc, FRCS, FRCS (Orth)

Orthopaedic Surgery

37 years of experience

Overall Rating

Overall

4.71

Bedside Manner

4.57

Explanation

4.64

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“Mr Wilson is a highly capable cautious specialist. Clearly adept at dealing with complex back issues. He listens intently to both what is being said and clearly observes and adapts his approach to suit the individual. He has a good manner and is highly respectful.“
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Subspecialty

  • Spinal Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 2573339
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    Practices worked at

    The Wellington Hospital

    St Johns Wood, London, United Kingdom, NW8 7JA
    776 reviews

    The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront

    The Waterfront Beaufort House Elstree Road, Elstree, United Kingdom, WD6 3BS
    245 reviews

    Specialist's working hours

    Mon
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    Wed
    14:00 - 16:30
    Thu
    14:00 - 16:30
    Fri
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    About

    Mr Lester F Wilson qualified in 1982 from University College Hospital, trained in Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery in Nottingham and London, and was until 2016 Clinical Director of the Spinal Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedi Hospital, Stanmore, He now sees patients at The Wellington Hospital, London, where he co-founded the Wellington Spinal Unit in 1994. He also consults at HCA Elstree, . Mr Wilson deals with complex lumbar spine problems. He is an expert at treating Spinal Infections, having set up the Spinal Infection service for the region at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He is an internationally recognised expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery, and he was a board member of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery [ISMISS] between 2005-2015.

    His main areas of interest include complex lumbar fusion techniques, bone graft substitutes, spondylolysis in athletes, and revision surgery. Patients attending his Clinics are suffering from symptoms of low back pain and/or sciatica. He has developed a minimally invasive way to repair stress fractures in the lumbar spine, having performed this operation on over 40 athletes, cricketers, footballers, ballet dancers, among others, from the UK and abroad.

    He has an interest in education and he lectures to and trains spinal surgeons in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America, covering spinal fusion, bone biologics and minimal access spinal surgery.


    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

    • Anterior Lumbar fusion surgery
    • Lateral Lumbar fusion surgery
    • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
    • Spondylolisthesis surgery
    • Degenerative scoliosis surgery

    • Spinal osteomyelitis
    • Discitis
    • Complex lumbar fusion techniques
    • Bone graft substitutes
    • Spondylolysis in athletes
    • Revision surgery
    • Low Back Pain
    • Sciatica
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    Medical procedures

    • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    • Bunion Surgery
    • Spinal Decompresson
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    Special interests

    • Spinal Pain
    • Complex Spinal Disorders
    • Spine Tumours and Infections
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    Education

    • MB BS University College Hospital, London 1982
    • BSc [Hon] University College, London 1979
    • FRCS [England] Royal College of Surgeons, London 1987
    • FRCS [Orth] Royal College of Surgeons, London 1994
    • Spinal Fellowship - Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital and Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham [Prof R C Mulholland] 1990
    • British Association of Spine Surgeons - member
    • European Spine Society - member, former Program Committe Member. Ten papers presented since 1991
    • International Society for Minimall Invasive Spine Surgery - Board Member 2005-2015. Magistral Lecture delivered 2013.
    • Presidential Guest Lecturer, Sri Lanka Orthopaedic Society, 2015
    • Recent Publications:
    • 1.  Paediatric Back Pain – a review. Altaf F, Wilson L, Bone and Joint Journal 2014
    • 2. Recovery of severe motor deficit secondary to lumbar disc prolapse: Is surgical intervention necessary? A systematic review. Balaji V, Tucker S, Wilson L, Casey A. European Spine Journal 2014
    • 3. Percutaneous pars interarticularis screw fixation Wilson LF, Altaf F, Tyler PA European Spine Journal 2016
    • 4. Effectiveness and safety of recombinant human bonemorphogenetic protein-2 for adults with lumbar spine pseudarthrosis following spinal fusion surgery: A systematic review. Bodalia P, Balaji V, Kaila R, Wilson L F. Bone Joint Res. 2016 Apr;5(4):145-52
    • 5. Neurological complications using a novel retractor system for direct lateral minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusion. Sedra F, Lee R, Dominguez I. Wilson L F.                         J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Sep;31:81-7
    • 6. Imaging in Spondylolysis: a review. European Radiology Journal, November 2018  Rajeswaran G, Dhawan R, Wilson L et al
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    Reviews

    4.64 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
    Bedside Manner
    Spinal Pain
    13/14
    Spinal Surgery
    4/14
    Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    3/14
    Complex spinal disorders
    1/14
    Degenerative Disc Disease
    1/14
    Leg Pain
    1/14
    Nerve Pain
    1/14
    Spinal Decompresson
    1/14
    Spinal decompresson
    1/14
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Surgery Spinal Decompresson Spinal Pain
    Mr Wilson is a highly capable cautious specialist. Clearly adept at dealing with complex back issues. He listens intently to both what is being said and clearly observes and adapts his approach to suit the individual. He has a good manner and is highly respectful.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Surgery Spinal Pain Degenerative Disc Disease
    For the past 11 years, I had been battling severe degenerative disc disease of my lumbar spine, which had sadly deteriorated to such an extent, that It resulted in me suffering chronic, agonising and never ending sciatic pain in my lower back, which radiated down into both my legs. This resulted in me suffering with constant numbness and pins and needles. Over the last few years my legs unfortunately had become very weak, due to the 3 episodes of paralysis that I suffered over the last 2 years. I was told by the NHS that there was nothing that they could do for me, so I did a bit of research and found Mr Lester Wilson online. I read his reviews, which were all outstanding. I then decided to book an initial appointment with Mr Wilson to see if he could help me in any way. Two consultations later, after all the appropriate scans and tests had been carried out, he said that he could fix my deteriorating spinal condition. I was so happy that I was finally going to be getting the help that I knew that I needed. So In January of this year I underwent a spinal fusion under the care of Mr Lester Wilson. Since my surgery, I have been totally pain free and I’ve been told that I can look forward to being pain free for a long time to come. Overall, I think that Mr Wilson is a terrific consultant. He works with a wonderful team who are great with communicating with patients. The team and Mr Wilson were absolutely amazing to me throughout my admission. I was always made to feel reassured about the care that I received during my admission. He spends time talking to his patients about the various treatment options that are available to them, in ways that they can understand. Mr Wilson is a very reassuring surgeon and is great at putting patents at ease. I was very anxious all throughout my admission, but Mr Wilson came to see me on the morning of my admission, to ensure that I was happy with what would happen during my surgery. He reassured me that I was in the best hands and that I was going to be receiving the highest standard of care possible. He also came to check in on me a few times post-op, as he wanted to ensure that I was receiving the best care possible. I am and will always be very grateful for everything Mr Wilson has done for me. He has not only saved my lumbar spine, but he has also given me back my legs, my independence and my life.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Surgery
    Extremely pleasant and understanding. Procedure very good with good outcome. Has plenty of time to put one at ease and answer all queries.
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    Overall
    (1/5)
    Explanation
    (1/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (1/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    Mr Wilson gave a comprehensive explanation of my condition and the steps he would use to try and combat the condition by using a soft approach before doing anything drastic. I was very pleased with this approach. He explained it in detail but in a simple manner that I, as a novice, could understand.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain
    Have known him for over 20 years
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (4/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain
    I spoke to Mr Wilson regarding a new pain that has emerged since another surgery for a non spinal event. He was as always very thorough and totally believed my symptoms and level of pain, something other Drs don’t always understand. It is very difficult to”see” a surgeon remotely but I did feel that he was investigating really thoroughly.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Spinal decompresson
    I have been treated by him for over 20 years and value his knowledge and treatment
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain
    Friendly, reassuring manner
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain Spinal Surgery
    Over the last 5 years I have struggled with debilitating and life changing chronic back, seeing various spinal specialists and had numerous scans, diagnostics procedures, and treatments but not one has been able to understand and identify the cause of my condition or reduce my pain. Then last year I found Mr Wilson; on our first consultation he diagnosed my condition and explain clearly on the CT scan what was causing my pain; I couldn’t believe after all that time I’d found someone who identified straight away what was wrong with me; something that had baffled so many. That obviously demonstrates Mr Wilsons superior knowledge in his field but regarding Mr Wilson’s manner, I have always found him professional but friendly, he is happy to take the time to explain everything well and answer all my questions fully and clearly and even went out of his way to answer a long email of questions I had regarding my condition when I was first diagnosed.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain
    He is a knowledgable, caring and insightful consultant. I greatly appreciate his time on this. I would ask that there is a way to do a video call over the internet in future, my phone signal is terrible at home! (Also be good to share screen to discuss scans we can both see).
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