Personal profile

Mr Sajal Rai specialises in disorders of the intestines, in particular those of the colon and rectum. Mr Rai's particular area of interest is treating these disorders by keyhole or laparoscopic surgery. He also treats hernias and gall stones by laparoscopic surgery. Mr Rai undertook specialist colorectal surgery training at the University Hospital of Leicester and was awarded the Doctor of Medicine (MD) research degree in 2007.

He then undertook a period of Fellowship in laparoscopic colorectal surgery at Bristol under the guidance of Mr Tony Dixon who is a widely acclaimed trainer in the UK. He was then appointed as Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon with special interest in laparoscopic colorectal surgery at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport in January 2010 with the main aim of developing the laparoscopic colorectal service at the trust. Mr Rai is very involved in mentoring and coaching his surgical colleagues at the trust in laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

He currently performs the majority of bowel operations for cancer and for benign disease (like diverticular disease or inflammatory bowel disease). Mr Rai has been appointed as the Project and Clinical lead in developing and implementing the Enhanced Recovery Program for patients undergoing major colorectal surgery at the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. The program aims to improve patient experience and outcome, reduce complications and facilitate early discharge by planned nutrition and mobilisation.

Professional Membership

  • Association of Coloproctolgy (ACPGBI)

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Edinburgh

  • European Society of Coloproctology

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

Clinical Interests

Haemorrhoid (piles) surgery:

  • Banding / open haemorrhoidectomy

  • Stapled haemorrhoidectomy

  • Ligasure haemorrhoidectomy

Anal fissures :

  • Botolinum injection

  • Lateral anal sphincterotomy

Pilondial sinus surgery

Inflammatory Bowel Disease surgery :

  • Crohn's disease

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Ileo-anal pouch formation

Diverticular disease surgery (Both open and laparoscopic or keyhole)

Endoscopic procedures routinely performed :

  • Gastroscopy

  • Colonoscopy (both diagnostic and therapeutic)

Anal fistula surgery

Colon and Rectal cancer surgery (Bowel cancer)

Bowel cancer screening

All types of hernia repair done through open or laparoscopic or keyhole method

HALO for haemeorrhoids
Rectocele repair

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