Pioneers

Arthur Sidney Blundell Bankart 1879-1951


Arthur Bankart was born in Exeter the son of surgeon James Bankart. He was a pupil of Rugby school and a student of Trinity College Cambridge. He qualified as a doctor in 1906.

Bankart was appointed in 1909 the first registrar of the newly formed Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, became assistant surgeon in 1911, and Consultant surgeon in 1913, a position he held till 1947.

He worked tirelessly all his life, during 1911 he simultaneously served several hospitals – one orthopaedic, two children's’ hospitals and a neurological hospital.

He thus practised three surgical specialities at the same time. He conducted the majority of neurosurgery at the Maida Vale Hospital for Nervous Diseases during his service there 1911-1933, and parallel to this did much of the neurosurgery at Middlesex Hospital – where he was an orthopaedic surgeon. Bankart was interested in spinal surgery and was one of the first in Great Britain to perform lateral cordotomy for relieving pain.

During the First World War he was called in and worked even harder through increased activity in some military hospital as well as with Robert Jones in the newly opened Shepherd’s Bush Military Orthopaedic Centre with 800 beds. During the Second World War he again worked hard and cared for 100 more beds in the Mount Vernon Hospital.271


We know this surgeon because of Bankart's procedure and the skids he developed. He trained at Guys hospital in London and worked as a surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic hospital London.
He was known as a man with a lot of energy and hyperactive. During the WW1 he worked alongside the military surgeons including Robert Jones at Shepherds Bush.

During the Second World War he worked at Mount Vernon Hospital. He retired in 1944, but continued working until his death, after a full day of operating at Mount Vernon Hospital, on 8 April 1951.

He is best known for his work on recurrent dislocation, Bankart lesion and Bankart repair for shoulder dislocation.  and also for the skids that are named after him.

                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                

 


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