Mr James Hewes

Mr James Hewes

Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Weight loss surgery
  • Management of gallstone disease

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I am a Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgeon at Spire Bristol. I believe that obesity is a stigmatising and damaging disease and not a lifestyle choice and I am passionate about the transformative changes in health and wellbeing that weight loss interventions provide.

Working with Verve Health Group at Spire, I provide all types of laparoscopic (keyhole) weight loss procedures including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding. I perform revision procedures such as band adjustment or replacement or conversion to different bariatric operations.

I have performed over 700 major weight loss procedures and have developed an outstanding national-leading enhanced recovery programme. I am dedicated to improving outcomes in surgery and have an excellent safety profile as published nationally via the Surgeon Specific Outcome dataset available via the National Bariatric Surgery Registry.

Verve Health Group is dedicated to multidisciplinary working practices that include experts in bariatric surgery, dietetics, psychology, anaesthetics, pharmacology and radiology who give a holistic package and outstanding support throughout this life changing process. The team at Spire Bristol provides state-of-the-art perioperative care in the largest private hospital in the South West.

My NHS practice is at Southmead Hospital, Bristol which is the regional tertiary referral bariatric centre at which I was the lead clinician for over 10 years.

I am particularly interested in education and debunking many of the myths and prejudice surrounding obesity. I give regular teaching to GPs and other healthcare professionals and train local and visiting surgeons.


General Medical Council Number: C4184368

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr James Hewes at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • General surgery
  • Obesity surgery

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Additional information

Gastrointestinal surgery
General surgery

Special clinical interests: Laparoscopic and Minimal Access Surgery, Management of gallstone disease including cholecystectomy and bile duct exploration, Surgery for Achalasia of the cardia, Laparoscopic Splenectomy, Bariatric Surgery including Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic and open inguinal and abdominal wall hernia repairs

Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust, Southmead Hospital

When away from work I spend much of my time with my young family of three energetic children. I am a keen sportsman and you may meet me cycling on the roads around Bristol. I am an avid reader, a lover of music and a lapsed potter.

Private secretary Lucy Ryan
Private secretary telephone 0117 235 5354
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