Mr Andrew de Beaux
Consultant General Surgeon
MBChB, FRCS, MD
I graduated in medicine with Honours from Aberdeen University. My surgical training was mainly in Scotland, with my final year in Adelaide, South Australia. I was appointed Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 2001. I had broad training in General Surgery although my interest focussed on upper gastro-intestinal surgery, in particular diseases of the oesophagus and stomach along with gallstone disease. Much of this surgery is performed by keyhole or laparoscopic surgery.
I have an international hernia surgery reputation and receive referrals, in particular patients with complex incision hernia problems, from all over the UK and, more recently, from Europe. While I am not a plastic surgeon, many of my larger hernia cases involve repair of not only the abdominal muscles, but revision of the scar and the excision of excess skin tissue, similar to an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
I am President of the British Hernia Society (since October 2016, having been Education Secretary prior to this). The remit of this society is to promote best practice in hernia surgery in the UK. I lecture regularly on hernia surgery at National and International Meetings. I am a Board member of the European Hernia Society (with a responsibility for Social Media). I was co-president of the 36th European Hernia Society Annual General Meeting which was held in Edinburgh in 2014 (http://www.ehs2014edinburgh.org - a 1000 international delegate conference). I am a current member of the EHS Annual Conference International Scientific Committee. I am the UK representative on a number of European Hernia Society Working Groups. I am a member of HerniaSurge (www.herniasurge.com) writing the First World Inguinal Hernia Guidelines due for publication in February 2017. I co-organise a number of hernia and other surgical training courses (such as laparoscopic bile duct exploration for gallstones, surgery for reflux disease and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy) each year at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
I also have an interest in weight loss surgery. I began my training in laparoscopic Bariatric or weight loss surgery in 2005 and was one of two surgeons (along with my colleague Mr Bruce Tulloh) who established a Bariatric Surgery Service in Edinburgh for both the NHS and private sector. A third surgeon, Mr Peter Lamb has joined our surgical team. We operated on our first patient in 2007. Our weight loss surgery program has always had two main aims, to be SAFE and SUCCESSFUL for our patients. Our strong team including Lorna (specialist nurse), Fred (dietician), Carol and Alison (psychologists), Dilip (radiologist) and several anaesthetists work and train hard with these two aims as our focus. I have served on a number of government committees advising the national planning forum on weight loss management planning. I also represent the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) Council and I am also a member of the SIGN Strategy Group. I have been on the Editorial Group for a number of recent guidelines including Guideline 115, The Management of Obesity (http://www.sign.ac.uk/pdf/sign115.pdf). I review papers submitted for publication to the Journal, Obesity Surgery and Hernia. In addition, I am a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Surgery and the World Journal of Surgery.
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Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Andrew de Beaux at Spire include:
British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society
Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI)
British Hernia Society (Education Secretary)
European Hernia Society (Board member with responsibility for Social Media @EuroHerniaS)
Benign and malignant disease of the oesophagus and stomach
Abdominal wall hernia
Weight loss surgery
Consultant General & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Honorary Senior Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh
In my spare time, I enjoy a variety of hobbies and interests. My two boys keep me fit and take up a lot of time as a taxi service. I have my Private Pilot's License and until recently, flew a Piper Archer (which I part-owned) out of Edinburgh Flying Club. I have a very keen interest in Formula 1 motor racing and I was a member of the track-side medical team at the 2000 Melbourne Grand Prix. For relaxation, I enjoy using my hands at embroidery and gardening. As an adopted Scotsman, I have a particular interest in whisky, and the period of Scottish History which ended at the Battle of Flodden.