Shahab Siddiqi: Profile

Mr Shahab Siddiqi is a Consultant Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital in Essex, where he is the lead surgeon for pelvic floor surgery, lead for surgical site infections and the lead for colorectal robotic surgery. He provides private treatment for pelvic, colonic and anorectal conditions, including, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, faecal incontinence, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, anal fissure, haemorrhoids, obstructive defaecation and pruritus ani, at Spire Hartswood Hospital and Springfield Hospital in Essex.

Training and experience

Mr Siddiqi graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School in London in 1993. He received an MD degree from the University of London in 2008 for his research on methods to improve detection of the spread of colorectal cancer to the lymph glands using genetic techniques, carried out at the Royal London Hospital.

Mr Siddiqi undertook his specialist training in general and colorectal surgery at the North Thames Deanery, and completed a pelvic floor fellowship at Castle Hill Hospital in Hull, a leading centre for the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. He then went on to take up a laparoscopic surgery fellowship at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand. During his time at this innovative unit specialising in keyhole surgery, he developed an interest in pelvic floor and minimal access surgery.

Mr Siddiqi has been a Consultant Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital since 2011. As lead for pelvic floor and colorectal robotic surgery, he has led the development of the hospital’s advanced robotic surgery facility, and is recognised as one of the country’s most experienced surgeons in this field. With clinical interests that are both medical and surgical, he has introduced innovative treatments for faecal incontinence and constipation and offers a holistic approach to the treatment of pelvic, colonic and anorectal conditions.

Mr Siddiqi is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. He is also a tutor for the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient and Basic Surgical Skills courses aimed at trainee surgeons, and for the Training and Assessment of the Clinical Environment course for consultant surgeons.

GI Doctors

Mr Siddiqi is a member of GI Doctors, a team of leading London specialists in gastroenterology, upper GI surgery and lower GI surgery. Combined, their unique practice allows them to offer treatment for all disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract, while individually they apply their bespoke experience to provide high quality, evidence-based care to meet the needs of every patient.

Conditions treated

Mr Siddiqi offers expert treatment for a range of pelvic, colonic and anorectal conditions including:

  • Anal fissure
  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Anal fistula
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anismus
  • Hernias
  • Anorectal abscess
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Obstructive defaecation
  • Diverticular disease
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Diarrhoea
  • Pelvic pain
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Pruritus ani

 

  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

Clinical interests

Mr Siddiqi’s clinical interests are both surgical and medical. They include the management of pelvic floor disorders, pelvic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, whole gut motility disorders, functional bowel disorders and pruritus ani.

Laparoscopic and robotic surgery

Many of the procedures that Mr Siddiqi offers are performed using laparoscopic (‘keyhole’) surgery, a minimally invasive technique that results in less pain and scarring, and generally shorter recovery times compared to open surgery.

Mr Siddiqi is also one of the most experienced robotic surgeons in the UK. This exciting new technology translates the surgeon’s hand movements into tiny, precise robotic hand movements inside the patient’s body, making it ideal for carrying out technically demanding colorectal surgeries in spaces that are difficult to access. Like laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery only requires small incisions, meaning that patients experience less blood loss during surgery, less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a more rapid recovery.

At consultation, Mr Siddiqi discusses a patient’s recommended surgical procedure in full, including their suitability for a minimally invasive approach.

Research interests

Mr Siddiqi is currently involved in a number of surgical projects in the fields of colorectal cancer and surgical site infection. He has published a number of papers on various aspects of general and colorectal disease and has presented widely at national and international meetings.

National/international positions

  • Chair, External Affairs Committee, the Association of Coloproctology Great Britain & Ireland
  • Honorary Treasurer, the Pelvic Floor Society
  • Lead, Ventral Mesh Rectopexy National Database
  • Neurogastroenterology Section Committee, the British Society of Gastroenterology
  • Colorectal Section Committee, the British Society of Gastroenterology
  • Member of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
  • General Surgery Section Editor, Journal of Robotic Surgery