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Mr Bart Decadt

Consultant Laparoscopic Bariatric and Upper GI Surgeon

MD (Leuven, Belgium), MD (Norwich, UK), FRCSI, FRCS (Gen Surg)

Practices at: BMI The Highfield Hospital, BMI The Alexandra Hospital

A photo of Mr Bart Decadt

After qualifying in 1992 in Belgium, Mr Decadt trained further in trauma and general surgery with Cape Town University (South Africa), performed research in Norwich at the UEA (UK) on laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery resulting in a MD thesis, and completed his training in general and upper GI cancer surgery in the North West rotation.

He was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon in Stockport in 2005 and Honorary Consultant in Manchester FT, where he introduced complex laparoscopic upper GI cancer surgery of stomach and oesophagus. He was one of the team consultants taking on one of the first larger NHS bariatric contracts in the UK involving more than 1200 obese patients, of which 25% had diabetes or a high level of co-existing disease including arthritis, hypertension, sleep apnoea, asthma, depression, female infertility or reflux disease. On average patients lost 58% of their excess weight and 75% of patients with type 2 diabetes went in remission (could stop their medication).

Mr Decadt enjoys teaching junior surgeons and has continued doing so abroad in developing countries.   

  • Member of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS).
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCSI)
  • Member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society (BOMSS)
  • Member of the Manchester Medical Society (MMS)

Mr Decadt’s main clinical interest is bariatric or weight loss surgery. He will discuss at large the different treatment options with every patient in order to choose on the most suitable procedure always taking into account safety and effectiveness.

He believes that bariatric surgery should be more central in the healthcare system as it provides not only a sustained weight loss, but treats many associated diseases as well, resulting in a healthier patient, increased quality of life and improvement of obesity related diseases. Type 2 diabetes has become an epidemic all over the world and bariatric surgery is the most effective tool to provide longterm remission of diabetes, compared to medication. Prevention is better than cure and bariatric surgery will prevent diabetic complications including cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke) and lower limb amputations, renal impairment and visual impairment or blindness.

Patients are guided by our excellent bariatric nurses and dieticians over a two year period after surgery. During this time, patients learn to adapt to a new lifestyle, where they can with confidence control their eating habits and usually feel that they are no longer being controlled by food. The result is an increased quality of life benefitting both patient and their family. In the same spirit of prevention, Mr Decadt spends as many days as possible vaccinating against Covid with the vaccinating team where he lives.

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