Mr Stavros Karamanakos

Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon

MBBS BSc PhD

"Spire Hartswood has a patient centered approach with great facilities and relaxed yet professional atmosphere."


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I graduated with honours from the Semmelweis University of Medicine in Budapest, Hungary and undertook my surgical training in the UK and Greece. In 2009 I completed my surgical training and gained my CCT in General Surgery from the University Hospital of Patras, Greece. Following that, I was appointed Consultant Surgeon in the department of General Surgery in Patras where I was mostly involved with the management of morbidly obese patients with bariatric surgery. I later completed fellowships in gastrointestinal surgery at Whipps Cross Hospital and Kings College Hospital in London. I have attended advanced laparoscopic surgery courses at the world-renowned centre IRCAD/EITS in Strasbourg, France.

I have been awarded a PhD with honours for my work in bariatric surgery and gastrointestinal hormones. My research has been published extensively in renowned medical journals like 'The Annals of Surgery' and I have published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed international medical journals. I am an active Editorial Board Member of many surgical journals, have been an invited speaker in many international surgical and medical meetings and congresses and have received multiple awards and distinctions for my academic work.

I am currently working at the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital as a General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon. Being the only Upper GI surgeon in the department I deal with a large volume of benign Upper GI pathologies including gallstone disease and anti-reflux surgery. I also lead the emergency service and I have developed many clinical pathways as well as a Surgical Ambulatory Unit which has contribute significantly in the improvement of the service.

I specialise in upper gastrointestinal surgery including:

  •  Gastrectomies (removal of stomach)
  •  Paraoesophageal hernia repair
  •  Anti-reflux surgery (treatment of heartburn)
  •  Repair of abdominal wall hernias (inguinal, umbilical, incisional)
  •  Cholecystectomies (removal of gallbladder)
  •  Common bile duct explorations (removal of stones from bile ducts)

The majority of my operations are performed laparoscopically (keyhole).

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Stavros Karamanakos at Spire include:

General surgery

Other treatments

General and upper GI surgery including gallbladder surgery, small bowel surgery, stomach surgery, appendicectomy and hernia repairs including inguinal, femoral and abdominal wall hernias.   

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Clinical interests

General surgery
Gastrointestinal surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Gallstone surgery

Special clinical interests: Management of gallstone disease. Management of acid reflux. Management of abdominal wall hernias including inguinal, ventral, incisional and femoral hernias. Management of haemorrhoids. Excision of skin and subcutaneous lesions.

Research and publications

I have concluded and presented my PhD thesis in the department of General Surgery at the University Hospital of Patras, entitled “The efficacy of sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) and Roux en Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) in patients with morbid obesity (BMI 35-49,9).A comparative double-blind randomized trial”. I have investigated the efficiency of two popular bariatric procedures in a population of morbidly obese patients. The principle areas of my research were:

  • Weight loss after LSG and after LRYGB
  • Changes on gastrointestinal hormones Ghrelin and PYY after either procedure
  • Changes on appetite after either procedure

As a result of this work, there have been two publications pertaining to each of these areas, in very high quality journals. I was awarded my PhD in 2010.

Current NHS posts

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital

Personal profile

I am married and have a son who is 10 years old, with whom I enjoy playing basketball.

Contact information

Telephone 01277 266 761