Mr Sanjaya Wijeyekoon, General surgical; Colorectal and Aesthetic treatments

Mr Sanjaya Wijeyekoon MB BS. MA. MSc. MRCS. FRCS

General surgical; Colorectal and Aesthetic treatments

Areas of expertise

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Recommended by:

  • by Mr Adam Rosenthal, Gynaecologist

  • by Dr Bhathiya Wijeyekoon, Consultant General Physician

  • Address

  • The Bournemouth Private Clinic Limited

    Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, Dorset, GB, BH7 7DW

  • Bournemouth Hospital Nuffield Health

    67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, GB, BH1 1RW

  • Sanjaya Wijeyekoon Online Appointment Booking

    Bournemouth Private Clinic, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, Castle Lane East, GB, BH7 7DW

  • About Mr Sanjaya Wijeyekoon

    GMC number: 4305534

    Year qualified: 1996

    Place of primary qualification: University of London

    Mr Sanjaya Wijeyekoon is a Specialist Laparoscopic Colorectal and General Surgeon based at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Prior to taking up his appointment in Bournemouth, he held Consultant positions for over four years starting at the Academic Surgical Unit of the Royal London Hospital and then Homerton University Hospital, London. He has a wide range of experience in the management of colorectal and anal cancer, inflammatory bowel and diverticular disease, coloproctological conditions (fissure, fistula and haemorrhoids), and general surgery (hernia, complex abdominal wall reconstruction). He is a JAG accredited endoscopist and trainer. His specialist expertise is in the management of pre-cancerous change in the perineum (anal intra-epithelial neoplasia or AIN) including laser ablation. He is a NHS designated high resolution anoscopist (HRA) and anal cancer surgeon and was previously the lead clinician of the Homerton Anal Neoplasia Service, a tertiary referral centre for the assessment and treatment of high grade pre-cancerous change in the perineum - of colorectal, gynaecological and sexual health origin. A full assessment and treatment service for AIN, including laser treatment is now being offered in Bournemouth.

    Mr Wijeyekoon trained at the Universities of Cambridge and London with qualifications and research degrees from the University of Cambridge, St Bartholomew's and London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics. In 1999 he was awarded a Department of Health Research Fellowship, based at the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was the principal investigator for the United Kingdom National Liver Transplant Audit for over two years.

    Mr Wijeyekoon's operative results are published by the Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland. He has represented the Royal of College of Surgeons of England in an expert advisory capacity with several national health regulatory organisations including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

    What are the most common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?

    It depends on what area they're seeing me about. I see general, surgical and colorectal patients.

    Colorectal patients could be any variety of things from presenting with cancer to simple rectal bleeding to pain.

    On the general surgical side, it could be hernias and abdominal pain. A really very wide variety of things.

    The third area, my specialist area, the squamous dysplasia of the perineum, AIN3, which I do a lot of work on. Those individuals usually come in via other consultants or other trusts in a tertiary capacity.

    They have an established diagnosis, and so the symptoms themselves are not the main issue. It's just how to manage them then.

    What treatments are you able to offer your patients?

    For colorectal conditions, a whole range of treatments including sort of endoscopic treatments, laparoscopic treatments, keyhole surgery, open surgery, forward referral to allied health professionals and specialist nurses. So, the whole gamut of treatment for colorectal surgery.

    In general surgery, I pretty much see and treat all the conditions that I encounter. For example, hernia, lumps, et cetera.

    For AIN3, I offer a specialist service assessment in the context of an MDT. The specific skill I have is laser ablation treatment for this. I'm the only other person outside London who offers laser ablation for AIN3 in the UK.

    Can you tell us a little bit more about your subspecialist interests?

    AIN3 is just a generic term that people use for precancerous changes in the perineal region. It can involve the anal canal, the region around it, the vulva, the vagina. There is an overlap between gynecology and colorectal surgery.

    It's an evolving field. I was part of the team which developed the first national tertiary referral center for this condition. We were receiving patients from throughout the UK and some from Europe as well. Two-and-a-half years ago, I took the position up in Bournemouth. There is no service in Southern England. I've set it up here.

    As a consequence, I get a lot of complex patients referred nationally and also internationally on the private side for assessment and treatment of AIN3. On the private side, I believe I'm still the only person in the UK to really providing private treatment for this.

    Areas of expertise

    • General Surgery
    • Hernia Surgery
    • Colo-proctology
    • Endoscopy
    • High Resolution Anoscopy
    • Aesthetic Medicine
    • Pilonidal Sinus Surgery

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