Mr Abeezar Sarela

MBBS, MS, MSc, MD, FRCS (Gen Surg)

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


GMC Number
01133 882 067
01133 882 187

Weight loss surgery

Mr Sarela performs the entire range of weight loss procedures, from gastric balloon to gastric bypass. He believes that every overweight person has her or his own needs and circumstances. One size does not fit all, and Mr Sarela would like to make sure that your individual needs are met. Mr Sarela will discuss all the options with you, so that you can come to a shared decision about the procedure that is best for you.

Mr Sarela does all three weight loss operations: gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. All operations are done by keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. Mr Sarela will explain all three operations, and help you to weigh the pros and cons of each operation according to your weight, medical conditions and personal circumstances. Mr Sarela has personally prepared detailed written information about each operation, and will give you these leaflets to take away and read at your leisure. Please do not make a decision in a hurry. Take your time, and ask Mr Sarela all the questions that you need to ask.

Mr Sarela also does two scar-less procedures. These procedures are done using an endoscope (camera) that is passed into your mouth and then down to your stomach. Unlike surgery, there is no cut or scars. One scar-less procedure is the stomach balloon. The other is a specialty liner that is placed inside the upper part of your bowel. Scar-less procedures are not suitable for all overweight persons. If Mr Sarela feels that a procedure is not likely to help you, Mr Sarela will explain the reasons for his decision and then help you to think about a weight loss operation.

Whatever procedure you may choose, follow-up care is absolutely vital, and Mr Sarela will work with you to help you to get the maximum satisfaction.

If you feel you would like to discuss weight loss surgery options first, why not book a complimentary one-to-one with this consultant. Call our Enquiry department on 0113 388 2067. 

Hernia surgery

In addition to weight loss surgery, Mr Sarela also specialises in hernia repair surgery. Hernias commonly occur in the groin (inguinal hernia and femoral hernia), around the belly button (para-umbilical hernia) or through the scar of an operation on the tummy (incisional hernia).

Most hernia repair operations can be done by either keyhole surgery or open surgery through a long cut. The UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that all patients with an inguinal hernia should be given a choice of keyhole or open surgery. For patients with a recurrent inguinal hernia (a hernia that has come back after surgery), NICE says that keyhole surgery is the better technique. Mr Sarela performs both open surgery and the laparoscopic TEP method for inguinal hernias. Similarly, Mr Sarela does both open and keyhole operations for also umbilical hernias and incisional hernias.

Not all patients with a hernia need an operation. Mr Sarela will explain the pros and cons of just waiting and watching the hernia versus doing a planned operation. If Mr Sarela recommends an operation, you will discuss whether it is open surgery or laparoscopic surgery that will best suit your needs, and you will make a shared decision.


  • Weekly Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00
  • Weekly Friday mornings


Current posts

  • Consultant in Upper Gastrointestinal &amp
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Leeds


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

  • Royal College of Physicians &amp
  • Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain &amp
  • Ireland
  • British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal &amp
  • Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons


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.