Mr Simon Dexter

Consultant in general, upper gastro-intestinal and bariatric surgery

Practising at

Spire Leeds Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Simon Dexter at Spire include:


General surgery

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Professional profile

I believe that patient safety and quality of life are key goals amidst the changing face of upper GI surgery. These goals are reflected in my teaching and clinical practice. I have been involved in laparoscopic surgery since its inception in the UK in 1990 and was the UK's first laparoscopic surgery research fellow.

My advanced surgical training took me through Leeds General Infirmary, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tufts Medical Centre, Boston, USA and the National Cancer Centre Hospital, Tokyo. I specialise in laparoscopic and oesophago-gastric surgery, and I have a particular interest in laparoscopic obesity surgery, both primary and revisional.

I brought laparoscopic obesity surgery to Spire Leeds Hospital in 2005 and I have performed more than 1,500 laparoscopic gastric bypass, gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch procedures. I have taught and mentored consultant surgeons across the UK in these techniques and I'm on the training committee of BOMSS, with responsibility for development of training programmes for UK surgeons.

My complication rate is one of the lowest in the country for bariatric surgery and thus far, I have had no leaks, returns to theatre, conversions to open surgery or mortality.

I promote innovative practice and have pioneered many complex laparoscopic procedures including; 1996 first laparoscopic liver resection in Leeds, 2000 first laparoscopic roux en y gastric bypass in UK, 2002 first laparoscopic radical transhiatal oesophagectomy in UK, 2003 first laparoscopic duodenal switch / biliopancreatic diversion in UK, 2004 first laparoscopic radical (D2) gastrectomy in UK, 2007 first totally minimally invasive oesophagectomy in Leeds, 2008 world's first laparoscopic merendino operation (gastro-oesophageal junction resection with jejunal interposition), 2009 first laparoscopic gastric electrical stimulator (enterra) in Leeds.

Clinical Interests

Laparoscopic surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Obesity surgery
Minimal access surgery

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Association of Upper GI Surgeons
British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of GB and Ireland
European Association of Endoscopic Surgery
Royal College of Surgeons of England
College of Surgeons of Hong Kong
British Medical Association

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Current NHS posts

Consultant in upper gastro-intestinal and minimally invasive surgery, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

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Personal Profile

I enjoy rock concerts and dad dancing, watching rugby, walking my dogs and nights in with the family, a glass of fine wine and a home cooked meal.

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Private contact details

Telephone 0113 218 5977
Private secretary Sarah Gillson
Private secretary telephone 07835 007528
Private secretary email

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