Ben Lankester

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Ben Lankester is a specialist knee surgeon based at Yeovil Hospital and has been a consultant since 2007.  After training at Oxford University Medical School, Bath and Bristol, he completed fellowship training in Bristol and Seattle covering arthroscopic knee cartilage surgery, knee ligament reconstruction, traumatic knee injuries and all types of knee joint replacement.

As a specialist knee surgeon, he is often referred patients by colleagues for a second opinion or for more complex surgery.  He has an active interest in teaching and research, and reviews articles for three different orthopaedic journals. In 2017 he was elected to the South West Clinical Senate Council – a body that advises on reforming healthcare pathways across the region.

Mr Lankester submits data from all joint replacement operations to the National Joint Registry, from which he can show that improvements in function after surgery and re-operation rates are better than average in his patients.  He also uses the National Knee Ligament registry for ACL reconstruction operations which enables patients to assess their own progress, both before and after surgery.

Mr Lankester has admitting rights to the Kingston Wing at Yeovil Hospital and to Circle Bath Hospital

Personal profile

He spends the majority of his spare time with his family and cocker spaniels, and enjoys cycling, running and occasional golf.

Current NHS position

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Yeovil District Hospital

Year of first medical qualification

1995 (University of Oxford)

Special clinical interests

Arthroscopic (keyhole) knee surgery
Knee cartilage surgery including regeneration techniques
Cruciate ligament reconstruction
Partial and total knee replacement
Revision knee replacement surgery
Patella (kneecap) stabilisation

Research Interests

Mr Lankester is the Primary Investigator at Yeovil Hospital for several multicentre knee trials, including:

  • The timing of surgery after ACL rupture (ACL SNNAP trial)
  • The use of local anaesthetic infiltration for pain relief after knee replacement surgery (SPAARK trial)
  • Partial vs total knee replacement (TOPKAT trial)
  • The use of intensive physiotherapy input in patients recovering from knee surgery (TRIO trial)

He also has a research interest in rapid recovery after knee replacement surgery, patella stabilisation surgery techniques and computer-guided knee replacement surgery.

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies

British Association for Surgery of the Knee
British Orthopaedic Association
South West Clinical Senate Council

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