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Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal and General Surgeon

Mr Jonathan Wilson: Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon

The majority of Mr Wilson’s surgical work involves operating on the large bowel, treating conditions such as:

  • Diverticular disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Bowel cancer

“I am a highly trained laparoscopic surgeon, which means that I can offer minimally invasive bowel surgery, often known as keyhole surgery because of the small incisions used.

I prefer to perform laparoscopic colorectal surgery wherever possible due to the advantages that this gives to my patients in terms of outcome, recovery time and scarring.”

My extensive training in minimally invasive techniques also enables me to offer:

  • The newer, less painful day-case surgical techniques available for treating haemorrhoids: haemorrhoidal artery ligation (eg. HALO) and stapled haemorrhoidectomy.
  • Minimally invasive repair of anal fissures, fistulas and rectal prolapse.
  • Laparoscopic hernia repair.
  • Laparoscopic gallbladder removal.

Mr Jonathan Wilson’s private medical practice

Mr Wilson can provide the following services to insured or self-funded UK private patients, and also international patients from anywhere in the world:

  • Colonoscopy and polyp removal: I am accredited in colonoscopy by the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) Accreditation System, a national body that sets national standards in endoscopy.
  • Hernias: laparoscopic surgery for different types of hernia including femoral, inguinal, umbilical, epigastric and incisional.
  • Laparoscopic gallbladder removal: laparoscopic cholecystectomy is performed as a day case, or with one overnight stay.
  • Haemorrhoid surgery using haemorrhoidal artery ligation (eg. HALO), stapled haemorrhoidectomy and traditional open haemorrhoidectomy.
  • Minimally invasive surgery to treat anal fissures, anal fistulas and rectal prolapse.
  • Laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer.
  • Laparoscopic surgery for diverticulitis.
  • Laparoscopic surgery for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): this may be necessary for patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who do not respond well to medical therapy.
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS).

Mr Wilson has access to the cutting edge diagnostic and surgical facilities available in London at The London Clinic and the Wellington Hospital.

My NHS colorectal practice at The Whittington

“I am Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal and General Surgeon at the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, London N19.

As one of a group of specialists offering Laparoscopic General and Colorectal Surgery, I contribute to a well-established laparoscopic surgery service. We perform a large proportion of our operations on a day case basis.

You come in early in the morning, have your operation and are discharged to recover at home later that same day.”

Mr Wilson’s current NHS practice involves:

  • Diagnosis of bowel conditions: as a JAG-accredited independent colonoscopist, including endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) polypectomy, I can remove any polyps (precursors of cancer) I find during a colonoscopy.
  • Elective general surgery: laparoscopic gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) and surgical repair of all types of abdominal and groin hernias.
  • Bowel surgery: laparoscopic colorectal resection for benign disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease and diverticular disease and for malignant disorders. Primarily colorectal cancer.
  • Anal surgery: minimally invasive repair of anal fistulae and anal fissures, as well as treatment for pilonidal disease and rectal prolapse.
  • Surgery to treat haemorrhoids: day-case haemorrhoidal surgery, including stapled haemorrhoidectomy and HALO haemorrhoidectomy.
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS).


Mr Wilson also manages the full range of emergencies that require general or bowel surgery. This includes acute appendicitis, diverticulitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Medical and surgical training

“After first qualifying in medicine from Leeds University School of Medicine in 1996, I gained experience of general medicine and different branches of surgery in hospitals in Leeds. This included St James’ Hospital, where I was Senior House Officer in General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery. In 2001.

I was awarded an MRC Clinical Research Fellowship to study the role of macrophage migration inhibitory factor, a protein that stimulates inflammation. This showed that it is an important factor in the progression of colorectal adenomas in particular. I was awarded a PhD for this body of work by the University of Leeds in 2005.”

Following this period of research into colorectal cancer under the direction of Professor Mark Hull at the University of Leeds Molecular Medicine Unit, Mr Wilson moved to London, spending the next four years gaining further surgical experience at hospitals in and around the capital.

He first specialised in colorectal surgery and general surgery in 2007 and in 2009 was fortunate enough to work as a Colorectal Fellow at University College London Hospital, a busy tertiary referral colorectal unit with an international reputation.

The following year Mr Wilson won a prestigious appointment as Resident Surgical Officer at St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow. St Mark’s is a world-famous tertiary referral centre specialising in colorectal disease.

Here he specialised in complex colorectal surgery, including specialised laparoscopic colorectal techniques. In 2010 Mr Wilson won an ACPGBI Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship to further extend his skills in minimally invasive colorectal and general surgery.

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