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- Lower GI surgery
- Upper GI surgery
Mr Harrison Benziger is a substantive General, Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon based at QEQM Hospital Margate Kent. He also practices at Spencer Private Hospital in Margate and Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury.
He qualified from the Trivandrum University Medical College in Kerala, India in 1974. He moved to the UK to pursue and obtain higher surgical training. His early surgical training was in South East England and South Wales.
He has obtained FRCS (Edin) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and FRCS (Eng) from Royal College of Surgeons England.
Following completion of his training in South Wales Mr Benziger was appointed as Locum Consultant Surgeon in 1983 at Haverford West Hospital in South Wales. Mr Benziger was then offered the post of Consultant and Head of the Department of Surgery at the Ministry of Health Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he served for 13 years. He was given the task to establish the new surgical department up to the standards of NHS in UK. His efforts were appreciated and recognised by the Ministry of Health and his contract which was initially for 5 years was extended until he decided to come back to UK for the purpose of his children educational needs.
On his return to the UK he initially worked as a Locum Consultant Surgeon at Bangor General Hospital in Wales and at the Homerton General Hospital in London and East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust.
He was then appointed to substantive Consultant General and Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon in the East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust.
During his surgical training Mr Benziger was trained in advanced and sophisticated gastrointestinal operations with open and Laparoscopic technique. He was one of the early surgeons to embrace Laparoscopic technique to its full extent. He has applied his skills in mastering complicated laparoscopic procedures for colonic cancer including en-bloc resections for locally advanced disease. His special interest in the management of rectal cancer surgery led him to master the technique of Laparoscopic Extra-levator Abdomino-perineal resections of rectum combined with deep pelvic colorectal resections to achieve clear margins for low rectal cancers. He was pioneer in bringing this technique to East Kent. He also performs surgery for inflammatory bowel disease as well as Laparoscopic benign Upper GI surgery, including gastro-duodenal operations, splenectomy as well as Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.
He also performs operations for rectal prolapse, haemorrhoidal disease, anal fistula and anal fissure.
His General Surgery practice includes open and laparoscopic repair of inguinal, complex incisional hernias, femoral, umbilical and spigelian hernias.
He has amassed a vast experience in a wide range of both elective and emergency surgery with excellent results.
Areas of interest
Colonoscopy; Laparoscopic ('keyhole surgery') Colon resection for cancer); Laparoscopic Anterior resection and Laparoscopic Extra-levator Abdomino-perineal resections for very low rectal cancer; proctology including haemorrhoids anal fissures and anal fistulas; Rectal prolapse surgery including Altemeier’s Procedure (Perineal Rectosigmoidectomy) and Delorme's procedure; Anal fistula surgery;
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery; Laparoscopic and Open abdominal and inguinal hernias;
Laparoscopic resections for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis;
- Elizabeth Holingsbee
- Spencer Private Hospitals Private Patients Unit Ramsgate Road Margate CT9 4BG
- 01843 234372
- 01843 296333
- Jo Prime
- BMI Chaucer Hospital Nackington Road Canterbury CT4 7AR
- 01227 825100
- 01227 825133
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Christopher Perera Not Fee Assured
- Miss Ana Alegria Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant General & Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon at East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Rectal Cancer Management
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Tamil - Fluent
- Malayalam - Fluent
- Arabic - Conversational
- Hindi - Conversational
1- A review of contemporary surgical alternatives to permanent colostomy – Journal of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland – June 2005 Vol 3, No 3 (abstract); • Guruswamy K S, Benziger H, Marzouk D M
2- A review of contemporary surgical alternatives to permanent colostomy – Int J Surg 2005; 3 930: 193-205; Guruswamy K S, Benziger H, Marzouk D M
3- Sinus Excision, release of coccycutaneous attachments and dermal-subcuticular closures (XRD procedure): a novel technique in flattening the natal cleft pilondial sinus treatment. Ann R CollSurgEngl 2008 Jul;90 (5): 371-6; Marzouk D M, Abou-Zeid A, Anthoniu A, Benziger H
4- Anal tuberculosis; A case report and review of literature Int J Surg 2008; 6(6): e36-9;• Mathew S, Marzouk D M, Benziger H
5- The molecular biology of colorectal carcinoma and its implications : A review. Surgeon 2011 Aug; 9(4):200-210; • S Harrison, Benziger H
6- Diagnostic Challenges in Acute Appendicitis. Chapter in book entitled Appendicitis : A Collection of Essays from Around the World. ISBN:978-953-307-1106-1, published by InTech.; • S Harrison, Benziger H
7- Gastro oesophageal reflux disease- A surgeons perspective. –Surgical Chronicles 2012; 17(2):68-75; • S Harrison, Benziger H
8- Streptococcus Bovis infections, colorectal cancer and liver dysfunction. ANZ J Surg. 2011 Nov; 81(11):762-763; • S Harrison, Benziger H
9- Rigid Sigmoidoscopy and Flatus Tube Insertion for Sigmoid Volvulus. ,; • S Harrison, Benziger H, D Brown
10- Operating Theatre Management: Do we Lack a Mathematician’s Perspective? ANZ Journal; S Harrison, O Nugud, Benziger H
11- Pulmonary Tuberculosis presenting as post operative fever of unknown origin. British Medical Journal December 2016;• Patrick Bogue, Mhairi Bolland, Peter How, Harrison Benziger
12- Lactic Acidosis—A poorly Understood Concept. 26 July 2016----ISSN No 2572-5424;Sanjay Harrison, Harrison Benziger
- MBBS Kerala University 1974
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons England 1982
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh 1980
Reference number 2279006
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Member European Society of Coloproctology 2001
- Member Association of Coloproctology, Great Britain & Ireland 2000
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Surgery, 2009
Affiliations / memberships
Association of Upper GI Surgery (AUGIS)
- BMI The Chaucer Hospital, Nackington Road...
- 17:00 - 20:00
- 01227 825100
- Spencer Private Hospitals, Margate, Ramsgate...
- 17:00 - 19:30
- 01843 234372
Post treatment communication
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In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
The Spencer Private Hospitals 01843 234372
The Chaucer Hospital - 01227 825100