Mr David Smith
Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon
BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS
I have been a consultant colorectal and general surgeon for five years. I trained on the Manchester Higher Surgical Training Programme and completed an Ethicon sponsored Fellowship in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. I have wide experience in coloproctology and my practice includes surgery for both benign and malignant diseases. I have a particular interest in enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, which in combination confers a reduced inpatient stay after surgery. I have also developed a practice in the management of early rectal cancer and polyps. I perform trans anal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) for such cases.
I specialise in colorectal and general surgery, including colonic and rectal surgery for colorectal cancer, and benign conditions such as diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease). In addition, I undertake proctology for the management of conditions including haemorrhoids, anal fissure and anal fistula. I perform a variety of procedures for the management of haemorrhoids including rubber band ligation (RBL), haemorrhoidal artery ligation operation (HALO)/trans-anal haemorrhoidal dearterialisation (THD), stapled haemorrhoidectomy and open haemorrhoidectomy. I am also an endoscopy trainer.
I perform over 60 major colorectal procedures every year in both the elective and emergency setting. I am an experienced endoscopist (gastroscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy) undertaking over 500 colonoscopy procedures per annum in both my NHS and private practice.
In addition to my clinical work I am actively involved in surgical training. I am a member of the Health Education North West Specialty Training Committee for higher surgical trainees. In 2016 I received an excellence in training award from Health Education North West.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr David Smith at Spire include:
Colorectal surgery, stapled haemorrhoidopexy, rectal examination under anaesthetic, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, abdominal adhesion surgery, open surgery groin hernia repair, cholecystectomy, appendicectomy, bowel cancer surgery, HALO haemorrhoids removal and diagnostic endoscopy.
BSc (Hons) / University of Liverpool, UK / 1996
Bachelor of Science, with honours
MBChB / University of Liverpool, UK / 2001
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons / 2009
Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons
I am the lead clinician for colorectal cancer services at the Royal Bolton Hospital
I am married to Louise and we have three children. Outside of medicine we lead a busy and active lifestyle. My children are involved in local football and gymnastic clubs which we support. I enjoy keeping fit when possible and we like to travel and enjoy activity holidays.