Mr Rathan Yarlagadda

MBBS, MRCS (Ed), FRCS Tr & Orth (Edin)

Hip & Knee Specialist



Special Interests


  • Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

  • General orthopaedic trauma

  • Hip revision surgery

  • Periprosthetic fractures

  • Under graduate and post graduate teaching and training


Professional profile

Mr. Yarlagadda completed his basic surgical training in Derriford Hospital and obtained his MRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). He gained his Specialist training on the Southwest Orthopaedic specialist training rotation and worked in Truro, Torbay, Plymouth and Exeter before obtaining his FRCS Tr& Orth from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.


Having developed an interest in Primary and Revision Joint Replacements and the treatment of periprosthetic fractures, he furthered his surgical experience by completing Arthroplasty fellowships in Llandough Hospital, Cardiff and here in Derriford Hospital.


He was a Locum consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics in Derriford for 12 months and then Locum consultant in the Arthroplasty team in The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, for a year.


He was appointed to his substantive consultant post in Derriford Hospital in March 2013.


Current posts

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Orthopaedic lead for Neck of Femur Fractures

  • Academic Tutor for the Peninsula Medical School




Book Chapter: 


  • Tumors, Infection and Inflammation in the spine. R Yarlagadda, D Chan.

  • ABC of Spinal Disorders, ISBN13: 9781405170697John Wiley and Sons Ltd Wiley-Blackwell, Dec 2009



Peer reviewed journals:


C. Taylor, R. Yarlagadda, J. Keenan

Repair of rectus femoris rupture with LARS ligament

BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.06.2011.4359


R. Yarlagadda, S.A. Jones

Management of dislocation in hip arthroplasty.

Orthopaedics and Trauma, Volume 23, Issue 5, October 2009, Pages 335-341


R. Yarlagadda, A. Clarke, J. Keenan

Prospective study of the Less Invasive Stabilisation System for periarticular fractures about the knee.

J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 2008: 90-B: 340


I counted them all out and I counted them all back 

Andrew Clarke, Rathan Yarlagadda, David M Standley

Letters to the editor EJBJS Mar 2008


Beware of Ankylosing Spondylitis

Andrew Clarke, Rathan Yarlagadda, Michael Hutton.

BMJ rapid response Feb 2008


R. Yarlagadda, A. Clarke, J Keenan

Prospective study of the less invasive stabilization system for fractures about the knee.

Injury extra, Vol 38, Issue 4, April 2007: 155


M. R. Norton, R. Yarlagadda, G. H. Anderson

Catastrophic failure of the Elite hip replacement with a Hylamer acetabulum and Zirconium ceramic femoral head in patients younger than 60 years


J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 2002; 84-B: 631 -5

F. C. Oppong, A.  J. Brodribb, R. K. Yarlagadda, A. Giles


Effective Data Collection for Prospective Colorectal Cancer Audit

British Journal of Surgery Vol 86, June 1999 Sup 1; page 83 

Oppong F.C, Yarlagadda R, Giles A, Brodribb A.J.B. 


Improvement in Pathology Reporting of Rectal Cancer Using Histopathology Pro forma: Colorectal Dis 1999 May; 1 suppl.1: 1-2