Consultant Profile

Mr Sajal Rai

Mr Sajal Rai MBBS, MS, FRCS, FRCS (General Surgery)
Practicing at:
Spire Regency Hospital, Cheshire
  • Gastroenterology
    • Bowel disease
    • Colonoscopy
    • Coloproctocology
    • Endoscopy
    • Gastrointestinal surgery
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • General surgery
    • Colonoscopy
    • Coloproctology
    • Colorectal surgery
    • Endoscopy
    • Gastrointestinal surgery
    • Hernia repair surgery
    • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Oncology
    • Bowel Cancer
Special clinical interests:

Haemorrhoid (piles) surgery :

Anal fissures :

  • Botox injection
  • Lateral and sphincterotomy

Pilondial Sinus surgery

Inflammatory Bowel Disease surgery :

  • Crohn's disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ileo-anal pouch formation

Diverticular disease surgery :

  • Open or Laparoscopic (or keyhole)

Endoscopic procedures routinely performed :

  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy (both diagnostic and therapeutic)

General surgery procedures routinely performed :

  • Hernia surgery (both open and laparoscopic or keyhole)
  • Inguinal (groin) hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Incisional herniaSportsman hernia
  • Laparoscopic or keyhole gallbladder surgery
  • Rectal Bleed Clinic

Specialist Colorectal procedures that can be offered :

  • Open and laparoscopic or keyhole surgery for Bowel Cancer
Research interests:
  • Groin hernias
  • Prediction of risk of colorectal cancer in a patient using history from the patient, symptoms and signs found on examination. Developing new ways of quantifying this risk to determine the urgency of investigations required.


  • Rai S, Sarathchandra S, Smile SR. A Study of the risk of strangulation and obstruction in groin hernias. Aust NZ J Surg 1998; 68(9) : 650 - 4
  • Rai S, Hemingway D. Iron deficiency anaemia - useful diagnostic tool for right sided colorectal cancers? Colorectal Disease 2005; 7(6) : 588-590
  • Rai S, Kelly MJ. Prioritisation of colorectal referrals - a review of the 'Two week wait' referral system. Colorectal disease 2007; 9 (3) : 195-202
  • Rai S, Kelly MJ. Prioritisation of colorectal referrals - a review of the 'Two week wait' referral system and recent advances. To be published as a chapter in the book titled Recent advances in colorectal cancer 2006; in press
  • Rai S, Ballal M, Thomas WM, Miller A, Jameson JS, Steward WP. Assessment of a patient consultation questionnaire-based scoring system for stratification of outpatient risk of colorectal cancer. British Journal of Surgery 2008; 95: 369-374


Current NHS and /or university posts:

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh)
  • Association of Coloproctology of  Great Britain and Ireland
  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Association of :Laparoscopic Surgeons
Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01625 505412/505406
Private secretary:
Kaye  Brown
Private secretary fax:
01625 501800
Private secretary email address:
Friday pm
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Sajal Rai is a highly experienced General and Colorectal surgeon specialising in disorders of the intestines, in particular those of the colon and rectum.  Mr Rai's particular area of interest is treating these disorders by keyhole or laparoscopic surgery. Mr Rai also treats general disorders such as hernias and gall stones by laparoscopic surgery.

Mr Rai undertook specialist colorectal surgery training at the University Hospital of Leicester and was awarded the Doctor of Medicine (MD) research degree by the University in 2007. Following completion of Mr Rai's specialist training he undertook a period of Fellowship in Laparoscopic colorectal surgery at Bristol under the guidance of Mr Tony Dixon who is a widely acclaimed trainer in the UK. Mr Rai was appointed as Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon with special interest in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport in January 2010 with the main aim of developing the laparoscopic colorectal service at the trust.

Mr Rai is also very involved in mentoring and coaching his surgical colleagues at the trust in laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Mr Rai currently performs the majority of bowel operations for cancer and for benign disease (like diverticular disease or inflammatory bowel disease) through laparoscopic or keyhole surgery.

Mr Rai has been appointed as the Project and Clinical lead in developing and implementing the Enhanced Recovery Program for patients undergoing major colorectal surgery at the Stockport NHS Foundation trust. The program aims to improve patient experience and outcome, reduce complications and facilitate early discharge by planned nutrition and mobilisation.  Under his leadership, the program was launched in March 2011 and is currently running well with good feedback from patients.

Personal profile:

Mr Sajal Rai is an experienced and dedicated surgeon who has been in the practice of General Surgery for more than 15 years.  Over the years he has developed a keen interest in minimal access surgery (keyhold) surgery and ways to improve patient experience in the hospital.

Mr Rai, along with his family (wife and three children) has a keen interest in travelling the world and exploring new cultures and lifestyles.  Mr Rai has visited many different countries whilst attending professional meetings to help explore and learn from surgical practices across the world.

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Mr Sajal Rai

Mr Sajal Rai  Gastroenterology, General surgery & Oncology Consultant, Macclesfield, Cheshire, private hospital specialist.

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