Mr  David  Smith

Mr David Smith

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS

Specialises in

  • Hernia surgery
  • Haemorrhoid treatment
  • Anal fissure treatment
  • Endoscopy (gastroscopy and colonoscopy)
  • Gallbladder disease

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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.


General Medical Council Number: C6028271

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr David Smith at Spire include:

General surgery


Other treatments

  • Abdominal adhesion surgery
  • Appendicectomy
  • Bowel cancer surgery
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colorectal surgery¬†
  • Diagnostic endoscopy
  • HALO haemorrhoids removal¬†
  • Open surgery groin hernia repair
  • Rectal examination under anaesthetic
  • Stapled haemorrhoidopexy
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Rafaelo procedure

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Additional information

Bowel disease
Gastrointestinal cancer
Gastrointestinal pathology
Gastrointestinal surgery
General surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Inflammatory bowel disease
Laparoscopic surgery

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

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons

Medical Protection Society

Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland

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.

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