Mr Lester Wilson

Mr Lester Wilson

MB BS, BSc, FRCS, FRCS (Orth)

Orthopaedic Surgery

37 years of experience

Overall Rating

Overall
5
Bedside Manner
4.8
Explanation
4.9

Top feedback

“Have known him for over 20 years“
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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 Elstree Waterfront

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

    The Wellington Hospital

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

    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, and Spire Hospital Bushey [Centennial Park].

    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

    4.9 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
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    Spinal Pain
    10/10
    Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    2/10
    Complex spinal disorders
    1/10
    Leg Pain
    1/10
    Nerve Pain
    1/10
    Spinal Surgery
    1/10
    Spinal decompresson
    1/10
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    (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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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain Complex spinal disorders Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
    Always been wonderful and caring anc helped me enormously
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain
    Very personable, clear explanations and review of tradeoffs or alternative procedures
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain Nerve Pain Leg Pain
    Service was what I expected First class
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Spinal Pain
    very clear explanation of the issues and the possible treatment options and risks
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