Mr Robert Stuart is a Consultant Upper GI & Bariatric Surgeon with specialist interests that include diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy, weight loss (bariatric) surgery, gallbladder surgery, benign gastro-oesophageal diseases, anti-reflux surgery, diagnosis staging and palliation of upper GI malignancy, daycase and hernia surgery.
About Robert Stuart, General, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon
Robert Stuart qualified from the University College Dublin Medical School in 1982 and trained in surgery in Dublin, Cork, Glasgow, England and Hong Kong. His research was in motility disorders of the oesophagus at Trinity College Dublin and he was awarded the degree of MCh in 1992 having twice been awarded the Registrar’s Prize from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for his research. He spent a year as visiting lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong training in advanced endoscopy and laparoscopy techniques under the guidance of Professor Sydney Chung.
Mr Stuart returned to Glasgow as Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon at Glasgow Royal infirmary in 1995 where he built up the leading Upper GI Surgery Unit in the West of Scotland. In 2003 he was the Sir William Macewan Lecturer at the Association of Surgeons of GB & Ireland international meeting. In 2006 he chaired the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network development group for oesophageal and gastric cancer guideline group (SIGN guideline number 87). Since January 2007 Mr Stuart has worked in independent Upper GI & Bariatric Surgical practice as Scotland’s first full-time private practice general surgeon. He is a tutor on the EAES advanced laparoscopic surgery course in Ninewells Cuschieri Skill Centre, Dundee.
Mr Stuart's clinical interests
Weight loss (bariatric) surgery
- Heartburn, dyspepsia and upper abdominal symptoms
- Diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy & laparoscopy
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy – gallbladder surgery
- Oesophageal physiology – pH studies, impedance & manometry
- Barrett’s oesophagus diagnosis and surveillance
- Upper gastrointestinal surgery
Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery
- Stretta radiofrequency anti-reflux procedure
- Achalasia and motility disorders of the foregut
- Upper GI cancer diagnosis, staging and palliation.
- Hernia repair & daycase surgery
Painless diagnostic and therapeutic flexible endoscopy of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum is performed under Propofol intravenous anaesthesia as a day-case procedure. This is a safe and patient friendly alternative to the widely practiced awake or conscious sedation approach which patients frequently find distressing.
Mr Stuart has been performing laparoscopic weight loss surgery for over 15 years and has developed an extensive experience both within his current private practice and whilst an NHS consultant at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He was the first surgeon to introduce laparoscopic gastric stapling and bypass surgery in Scotland and teaches on the EAES advanced laparoscopy courses each year. Currently he performs laparoscopic gastric banding, laparoscopic gastric staple & bypass, intragastric balloon insertion, and most forms of redo- or revisional procedures. The service is provided at Ross Hall Hospital within the context of a multidisciplinary team and all patients are carefully followed up by Mr Stuart, the nurse specialists and dieticians. An initial booking fee of £50 is payable and covers the necessary work to prepare a patient for surgery. Gastric band surgery inclusive of 1 year aftercare costs from £6850 and gastric bypass surgery & 1 year of aftercare costs from £10,950. You can self refer or be referred by your GP. Appointments can be made by contacting Mr Stuart’s secretary, Margaret McWhinnie, on 0141 – 8839750 or by calling the National Enquiry Centre (NEC) on 0800 0515030.
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