Mr Abeezar Sarela

Mr Abeezar Sarela

Consultant in Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery


Specialises in

  • Gastric balloon and band surgery
  • Gastric bypass and sleeve surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Reflux surgery
  • Gallstone surgery

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I have been a Consultant Surgeon in Leeds since 2003. I work in the NHS at St James's University Hospital and practice privately at Spire Leeds Hospital. I am an honorary senior lecturer in the school of medicine and a PhD research scholar in the school of law, University of Leeds. I graduated in Mumbai, and trained in London, Leeds and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York.

Weight loss: I have been doing weight loss surgery (also called bariatric surgery) since 2004. I perform gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric balloon procedures. There is no single correct choice in weight loss surgery. Each procedure has its own pros and cons, and one size does not fit all. I will discuss the benefits and risks of each operation in the light of your individual medical and personal circumstances, so that you can make the best choice. I am a core member of the bariatric surgery multi-disciplinary team in Leeds NHS Trust. I log all my operations in the UK National Bariatric Surgery Registry.

Acid reflux: You have the option of two operations: laparoscopic nissen fundoplication and the magnetic bead ring. Each has pros and cons, and I will empower you to make the best choice.

Gallstones: Stones in your gallbladder can cause pain, infection, jaundice and pancreatitis. I will remove your gallbladder and do an X-ray of bile ducts by keyhole surgery: called laparoscopic cholecystectomy and cholangiogram.

Hernia:I have expertise in keyhole surgery for all types of hernias: inguinal, femoral, umbilical, incisional and hiatal. I repair inguinal hernias by the totally extra-peritoneal method, which avoids entry into your peritoneal cavity. I have a special interest in surgery for large and complex hiatus hernias.

Achalasia: I use keyhole surgery to divide the muscles of the lower oesophageal sphincter in order to relieve your difficulty to swallow. This operation is called laparoscopic cardiomyotomy.

Cancer: I trained in cancer surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, universally acclaimed as the best cancer hospital in the world. I was the international surgical oncology fellow, an immensely competitive position, during 2001-2002. I have been at the forefront of developing laparoscopic surgery for cancer of the oesophagus and stomach. I am a core member of the upper gastrointestinal cancer multi-disciplinary team in Leeds.


General Medical Council Number: C4677974

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Abeezar Sarela at Spire include:

General surgery


Other treatments

In addition to weight loss, gallstones and hernia, I specialise in surgery for acid reflux (fundoplication), achalasia (cardiomyotomy), stomach cancer and oesophageal (gullet) cancer.

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Additional information

Hernia repair surgery
Obesity surgery
Weight loss surgery

I have published over 50 papers in medical journals, and have lectured extensively.

I published the first UK study on risks from the gastric band, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. I published the first international paper on long-term outcomes from the sleeve gastrectomy. I am a collaborator in the national, NIHR funded ByBand-Sleeve trial to compare the gastric band, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

In acid reflux surgery, I have published on the effectiveness of fundoplication surgery for Barrett’s oesophagus. In gallstone surgery, I have published a randomised controlled trial that compared two different technologies to remove the gallbladder. In hernia surgery,

I have published outcomes from laparoscopic surgery for incisional hernia. In surgery for cancer of the oesophagus and cancer of the stomach, I have published extensively on molecular genetics and prognosis. In gastroparesis, I published outcomes from gastric electrical stimulation (stomach pacemaker) for delayed emptying of the stomach.

In addition to surgery, I am engaged in PhD research on the ethics and law of informed consent for surgery.

Consultant in upper gastrointestinal and minimally invasive surgery, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Honorary senior lecturer in surgery, University of Leeds.

I am married to a couples & relationship counsellor and we have one daughter. Outside of medicine, my main ambition is to run a marathon.