Mr Simon 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.
Mr Dexter 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.
Mr Dexter specialises in laparoscopic and oesophago-gastric surgery, and he has a particular interest in laparoscopic obesity surgery, both primary and revisional. Mr Dexter 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. He has taught and mentored consultant surgeons across the UK in these techniques and is on the training committee of BOMSS, with responsibility for development of training programmes for UK surgeons. Mr Dexter's complication rate is one of the lowest in the country for bariatric surgery and in 5 years at Spire Leeds he has had no leaks, returns to theatre, conversions to open surgery or mortality.
Mr Dexter promotes innovative practice and has pioneered many complex laparoscopic procedures such as:
1996 First Laparoscopic Liver Resection in Leeds
2000 First Laparoscopic Roux en Y Gastric Bypass in UK
2002 First Laparoscopic Radical Transhiatal Oesophagectomy in UK
2003 First Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch / Biliopancreatic diversion in UK
2004 First Laparoscopic Radical (D2) Gastrectomy in UK
2007 First Totally Minimally Invasive Oesophagectomy in Leeds
2008 World’s First Laparoscopic Merendino Operation (Gastro-oesophageal junction resection with jejunal interposition)
2009 First Laparoscopic Gastric Electrical Stimulator (Enterra) in Leeds