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Last updated: 21 Apr 2020
- Lower GI surgery
I have a wide experience in all aspects of elective and emergency surgery having trained in London, Leeds and South Wales. I have a busy NHS practice and run the Trusts Hernia pathway to streamline and improve patient care.
I spent some time as a mission surgeon in South Africa and am fortunate to still be able to continue operating in many foreign countries on a charitable / humanitarian basis, primarily on groin hernia patients. I have given Plenary lectures for the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland and the British and European Hernia Societies.
My qualifications are listed here:
1980 BSc. (Hons)
1983 MB BS
1987 FRCS (Ed.)
1988 FRCS (Eng.)
1992 Master of Surgery (Univ. of London)
Areas of interest
All areas of colorectal and anal surgery; I accept Bowel Cancer Direct Access patients who are concerned about their symptoms based on NICE guidelines such as anorectal bleeding, a persistent altered bowel habit and unexplained weight loss.
Abdominal wall hernias; including inguinal hernia and other groin hernias. I specialise in repairs carried out under local anaesthesia for the less fit patient.
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Vincent G Hamlyn Fee Assured
- Dr Stephen Dumont Not Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Appointed Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon Royal Gwent Hospital 1995
Honorary Clinical Teacher in Surgery, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff
Past Examiner in Surgery and Clinical Anatomy, Royal College of Surgeons of England
Convener and Board Member of the British Hernia Society
Intercollegiate Specialist Board Examiner in General & Colorectal Surgery
Disciplinary Panel of the Association of Colproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
I have published on a wide variety of subjects particularly in the fields of colorectal and hernia surgery.
I am committed to clinical research and have given over 170 presentations at regional, national and international meetings and have over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals with over 2400 citations on Google Scholar (652 in the last 5 years) including 41 "high-index citation" publications since 2014.
I reviewed the ‘Clinical and cost effectiveness of laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair’ on behalf of NICE in 2004 and co-authored the Groin Hernia Guidelines in 2013I have lectured at the British, European, and International Hernia Societies, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the 3rd International Controversies in Hernia Surgery Conference (2017).
I enjoy traveling and am lucky to also be able to work abroad on a charitable basis even though my wife and my three children sometimes tell me off !
I have a close affiliation with the charity ‘Operation Hernia’ since its inception in 2005. I have recently lectured and operated in Tanzania (2014), Trinidad (2015) and Sri Lanka (2016).
I still play squash on a regular basis, although my knees complain the next day, and am now attempting golf.
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Spanish - Basic
As a general surgeon, I am proud that my audited recurrence rate for primary groin hernia repair in over 2,500 cases is less than 1% (UK average 5%).
I have taught my techniques to many colleagues in the UK and abroad, including on humanitarian missions (see research interests).
Courses offered to GPs
Any on the modern management of colorectal symptoms and groin herniation
Please see published data via www.pubmed.com by entering "Stephenson BM" in the search box.
- Master of Surgery University of London 1992
Reference number 2825342
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Convenor & Board Member British Hernia Society 2003
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC Certificate of Specialist Training, 1994
Affiliations / memberships
Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
European Hernia Society
British Hernia Society (Board member)
Welsh Surgical Society
- St Joseph's Private Hospital, NP20 6ZE
- 13:00 - 16:00
- 01633 820300
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.