General and colorectal surgery
Special clinical interests:
Functional pelvic floor disorders (anal pain, itching, bleeding)
Bowel flora and inflammatory bowel disease.
Disorders of defaecation.
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Good Hope Hospital.
Heart of England Foundation Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Birmingham University.
As a Consultant, I have over ten years experience in diagnosing and treating diseases of the colon, rectum and anus (the large bowel). I have performed over 400 major large bowel resections, mainly for bowel cancer.
I have an interest in disorders of defaecation and the pelvic floor. Symptoms of anal irritation, piles, rectal bleeding, constipation and difficulty in opening bowels are extremely common. They are usually due to benign causes but can be challenging to treat. I have access to state of the art techniques to help with the diagnosis and treatment of these problems.
With colleagues, I have established a pelvic floor group to offer a multi-disciplinary approach to these problems. I have introduced sacral nerve stimulation as a minimally invasive treatment for faecal incontinence to Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT).
Colonoscopy (inspection of the bowel with a camera) is frequently used to diagnose bowel disorders. This can be an uncomfortable or even painful procedure and so I routinely ask a Consultant Anaesthetist to provide sedation during the procedure, rendering it completely pain free. This also helps me attain a completion rate (inspection of the whole large bowel) of greater than 90%.
I employ a number of techniques to treat haemorrhoids (piles) including stapled haemorrhoidectomy (pph), which can be performed as a day case procedure.
As general surgeon I also regularly repair hernias, remove gall bladders and stones, using key-hole surgery, and excise skin lesions under local anaesthetic.
If surgery is required this can be performed at Spire Hospital, Little Aston. Alternatively, for those insured by the Police Health Scheme, you can be seen at the Sutton Medical Consulting Suite (Ashfurlong Medical Centre) and undergo investigations/surgery at the BMI Priory Hospital in Edgbaston.
I am Lead Colorectal Cancer Surgeon for HEFT and responsible for ensuring best practice is followed in treating cancer of the large bowel. I am Clinical Lead for the West Midlands cancer peer review and sit on the Independent Health Care Committee of the Association of Coloproctology.
From 2003 – 2008, I sat on the Patient Liaison Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons. I have been awarded a number of clinical excellence points by Good Hope Hospital. More . . .
I consult at Sutton Medical Consulting Suite (Ashfurlong Medical Centre) on Monday evenings, and at other times on request. Appointments: 0121 308 7774
On Monday mornings and alternate Saturday mornings, I consult at Spire Hospital, Little Aston. Appointments: 0121 580 7151
I have admitting rights at the Spire Hospital, Little Aston and the Birmingham Priory/Nuffield Hospitals where investigations and surgery can be performed.
Private secretary (Susan): 0121 353 7531
Further information is available at www.northbirminghamcoloncare.co.uk