Consultant Profile

Mr James Byrne

Mr James Byrne MD, FRCS (Gen Surg)
Practicing at:
Spire Southampton Hospital
  • General surgery
    • Gastrointestinal surgery
    • Hernia repair surgery
    • Obesity
  • Weight loss surgery (Obesity)
    Special clinical interests:
    • Obesity surgery
    • Oesophageal and gastric cancer
    • Reflux disease
    • Laparoscopic surgery
    Current NHS and /or university posts:

    Consultant Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton
    Honorary Senior Lecturer, Southampton University

    Year of first medical qualification:
    Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
    • Association of Surgeons, Great Britain & Ireland
    • British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society
    • Association of Upper GI Surgeons
    • Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons
    • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons England
    • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
    Contact Details 
    Private secretary:
    Private secretary telephone number:
    023 8091 4475
    Private secretary fax:
    023 8051 2172
    Private secretary email address:
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:

    I was appointed consultant surgeon at Southampton University Hospitals NHS trust in 2002.
    My surgical training was at hospitals throughout the North West of England. In 2001 I worked as senior clinical fellow in upper gastrointestinal surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. This major teaching hospital is the tertiary referral centre for oesophageal cancer surgery in Queensland, and a leading centre for laparoscopic surgery.
    I introduced minimally invasive surgery for oesophageal cancer to Southampton, and have developed this approach further with my colleague Jamie Kelly. I offer this approach to surgery in appropriate cases for both oesophageal and gastric disease including cancer.
    I have been a member of the bariatric (obesity) surgical team in Southampton that has now performed over 1500 procedures since it was established in 2004. I offer laparoscopic gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic roux Y gastric bypass and revision surgery following previous failed weight loss surgery. I also have experience of the new endoscopic procedures of POSE and Endobarrier. In Southampton, together with my colleague Jamie Kelly we now have the greatest experience of these interventions in the UK. I have the only UK experience at present of Abiliti, a new weight loss procedure that involves implantation of an electronic device that helps individuals to manage their eating behaviour and hence their weight.
    I care for patients from Southampton, Winchester, the New Forest, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight. I provide a comprehensive service in the area of upper gastrointestinal disease and enjoy working alongside other specialist colleagues in the management of particularly challenging and complex problems. As well as managing oesophageal and gastric cancers, and my obesity surgery practice, I also perform a wide variety of other laparoscopic surgery including cholecystectomy, hernia repair, anti-reflux surgery, splenectomy, adrenalectomy, appendicectomy.
    I am passionate about improving outcomes for patients and contributing to building high quality evidence to underpin clinical practice. As well as a busy clinical practice I am also research active in both oeosphagogastric cancer and weight loss surgery.

    Personal profile:

    I am married with two children. My main interests outside work, other than family, are walking, sailing, golf, skiing and reading.

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    Mr James Byrne

    Mr James Byrne General surgery & Weight loss surgery (Obesity) Consultant, Southampton, Hampshire, private hospital specialist.

    Weight loss surgery at Spire Southampton Hospital

    Weight loss surgeons at Spire Southampton Hospital, Hampshire

    From gastric bands to incisionless surgery (POSE) which can get you back to work within a few days, we are committed to providing the best quality care for all our patients. Click here for more information about the services and procedures available at Spire Southampton.

    Abiliti procedure now available

    Mr James Byrne is now offering the Abiliti procedure, a novel implantable system to help treat obesity. For more information on Abiliti, call 023 8091 4475, or email or visit

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