Mr Abeezar Sarela

MS, MSc, MD, FRCS (Gen Surg)

General Surgery, Weight loss, Bariatrics
Year of first qualification
Languages spoken

English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu

GMC Number
01133 882 067
01133 882 187

Mr Sarela has been a consultant surgeon since 2003. He graduated in Mumbai, and trained in London, Leeds and New York. 

Mr Sarela specialises in:

  • Weight Loss  Surgery

Mr Sarela performs Gastric Band, Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy by keyhole surgery. He does Gastric Balloon and Duodeno-Jejunal Liner by endoscopy. Each procedure has pros and cons, and one size does not fit all. Mr Sarela will empower you to make the best choice. Mr Sarela is a Core Member of the Bariatric Surgery Multi-Disciplinary Team, Leeds. 

  • Acid Reflux

Mr Sarela performs Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication and Magnetic Bead Ring. 

  • Gallstones

Mr Sarela will remove your gallbladder and do an x-ray of bile ducts by keyhole surgery: called laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

  • Hernia

Mr Sarela does keyhole surgery for all types of hernias: inguinal, femoral, umbilical, incisional and hiatal. He has special interest in surgery for large hiatus hernias.

  • Achalasia

Mr Sarela uses keyhole surgery to divide the muscles of the lower oesophageal sphincter. 

  • Cancer

Mr Sarela trained in surgery for cancer of the stomach and oesophagus at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. He is a core member of the Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer MDT, Leeds.


  • Weekly Tuesday 18:00 - 20:00
  • Weekly Friday 10:00 - 12:00


Current posts

  • Consultant in Upper Gastrointestinal & Bariatric Surgery, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery University of Leeds


Weight Loss Surgery, Gastric Band, Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Balloon, Acid Reflux, Fundoplication, Gallbladder Stones, Inguinal Hernia, Femoral Hernia, Incisional Hernia, Hiatus Hernia, Achalasia.

Other interests

Cancer of Oesophagus and Cancer of Stomach

Personal interests

Mr Abeezar Sarela is married to a couple-relationship counsellor and they have one daughter. Outside of medicine, Mr Sarela's main current ambition is to run a marathon!

Member of

  • Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland
  • British Obesity & Metabolic Surgeons Society
  • British Medical Association
  • Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow


Mr Sarela has published over 50 papers in medical journals, and he has lectured extensively. 

In weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery), Mr Sarela published the first UK study on risks from the gastric band, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Mr Sarela published the first international paper on long-term outcomes from the sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve operation). He is a collaborator in the national, NIHR funded ByBand-Sleeve trial to compare the gastric band, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. 

In acid reflux surgery, Mr Sarela has published on the effectiveness of fundoplication surgery for Barrett’s oesophagus. In gallstone surgery, Mr Sarela has published a randomized controlled trial that compared two different technologies to remove the gallbladder. In hernia surgery, Mr Sarela has published outcomes from laparoscopic surgery for incisional hernia. In surgery for cancer of the oesophagus and cancer of the stomach, Mr Sarela has published extensively on molecular genetics and prognosis. In gastroparesis, Mr Sarela published outcomes from gastric electrical stimulation (stomach pacemaker) for delayed emptying of the stomach.

In addition to surgery, Mr Sarela is engaged in PhD research on the ethics and law of informed consent for surgery. 


Mr Abeezar Sarela has indicated that they work with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • WPA

Mr Abeezar Sarela has indicated that they do not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Abeezar Sarela has indicated that they do not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Abeezar Sarela has indicated that they do not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.