Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay, West Yorkshire, has been providing an extensive range of surgical and medical services to patients from Leeds, Harrogate, York and the surrounding areas since opening in 1989. Spire Leeds Hospital works in partnership with more than 350 specialist consultant surgeons, physicians, anaesthetists and radiologists as well as with the highest calibre nursing and support staff. They pride themselves on their clinical excellence and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England.
The Upper GI Surgery Team at Spire Leeds are leading experts in GORD and surgery for reflux. This form will ensure that you make contact with the right person at the hospital. The surgeon’s secretary will contact you within two working days.
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Mr Sarela specialises in upper gastrointestinal surgery including operations for functional disorders of the oesophagus and stomach (such as GORD), operations for weight loss and operations for cancer. He is an expert in laparoscopic surgery.
Mr Sarela read medicine at the Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai, India (Mumbai University) and graduated (MBBS) in 1991. He completed general surgery training in Mumbai, at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, and he gained the qualification of MS from Mumbai University (1994). Mr Sarela then went to the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (now part of Imperial College) and Hammersmith Hospital, London, in 1995, through a scholarship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He obtained an MSc in Surgical Science (with distinction) from the University of London in 1996. He then worked as a Registrar in Surgery at Ashford Hospital in Middlesex (1196 – 1997). In October 1997, Mr Sarela was appointed as a Lecturer in the School of Medicine, University of Leeds, and an Honorary Specialist Registrar in Surgery at St James’s University Hospital Leeds. He undertook research in the molecular genetics of bowel cancer, and trained simultaneously in gastrointestinal surgery. His research led to the award of the degree of MD by the University of Leeds. He passed the Inter-Collegiate Examination of the Surgical Royal Colleges in 2001, and was awarded the qualification of FRCS.
In July 2001, Mr Sarela was selected for the highly competitive International Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, USA. Mr Sarela trained in cancer surgery in New York during 2001-2002. After completing fellowship training, Mr Sarela returned to Leeds and he was appointed as a Consultant in Upper GI Surgery in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in October 2003.
Mr Dexter believes that patient safety and quality of life are key goals amidst the changing face of upper GI surgery. These goals are reflected in his teaching and clinical practice.
He has been involved in laparoscopic surgery since its inception in the UK in 1990 and was the UK’s first Laparoscopic Surgery Research Fellow. His advanced surgical training took him through Leeds General Infirmary, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tufts Medical Centre, Boston, USA and the National Cancer Centre Hospital, Tokyo.
Specialising in laparoscopic and oesophago-gastric surgery, he has a particular interest in laparoscopic obesity surgery, both primary and revisional. He brought laparoscopic obesity surgery to Spire Hospital, Leeds in 2005 and has performed over 1000 laparoscopic gastric bypass, gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch procedures.
Mr Dexter was trained on the use of the LINX® system in 2014 and is the pioneer for this new approach to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) treatment in Yorkshire. He understands every aspect of the diagnosis and treatment of GORD having treated hundreds of patients with conventional anti-reflux surgery.