Mr. Romi Navaratnam
Consultant Colorectal and Laparoscopic surgeon

We are currently undertaking remote consultations (video & skype) and conventional consultations, for those patients with urgent medical conditions during the COVID 19 pandemic

Mr. Romi Navaratnam

"I just wanted to let you know that my surgery in December 2019 has been absolutely transformative. I am delighted with the results."

GG Consultant Surgeon March 2020

"Thank you for the support you gave to me when I was gravely ill in 2015 and the time after the operation. I am forever indebted to you and your wonderful staff."

TO April 2020

"The treatment you undertook on my haemorrhoids, has been pretty close to life-changing. My only regret is not doing this sooner."

MM May 2020

"I'm deeply thankful to you for creating such a relaxed atmosphere. You were brilliant at putting me at ease, when I'd expected to feel very awkward! You have a genuinely lovely bedside manner."

BG Female General Practioner April 2020
Romi Navaratnam is a founding consultant of the gastrointestinal (GI) units at The Wellington Hospital and the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth in London. Both institutions are recognised as national and international centres of excellence. He trained at Nottingham, Cambridge, London and Sri Lanka before being appointed Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal surgeon at the North Middlesex University Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Royal Free Medical School in 2002. His specialist interests include the investigation and management of common and complex gastrointestinal problems, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), rectal bleeding, haemorrhoids, anal fissures, altered bowel habit, complex anal fistulae and bowel cancer. He is passionate about endoscopy, colonoscopy and laparoscopic (keyhole) minimally invasive surgery, for benign disease eg Crohns, diverticular disease and bowel cancer. He has a significant interest in the management of the complex clinical dilemma. He has provided second opinions both at a local and international level. He is an invited speaker on the investigation and management of IBS, bowel cancer and common conditions of the peri anal region.He has been appointed as a review editor for the Journal of Frontiers in Oncology, with a niche in Gastrointestinal Cancers. He is the cancer lead in his NHS hospital, is a member of the London Cancer Alliance board and is part of the laparoscopic advisory group to the board. He provides regular advice in both a clinical and managerial capacity to both local and international private medical institutions, NHS Trusts and some governments, with regards to the management of senior dignitaries. He has recently introduced a new laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgical technique, which has proven to be successful and popular with patients. Resulting in a reduction in post operative discomfort and length of hospital stay.His work over the past 17 years as a Consultant surgeon has been associated with very positive outcomes.

Mr. Romi Navaratnam

Consultant Colorectal and Laparoscopic surgeon

Mr. Romi Navaratnam


"The very thought of hospitalisation is traumatising, but the care you gave us, made it a friendly & pleasant experience. Thank you for your effective diagnosis & management. Without this our mum would not be alive. Thank you so much"

Feb 2017., SK
The most commonly encountered conditions include irritable bowel syndrome (abdominal discomfort, bloating, alternating constipation and diarrhoea), anal conditions such as rectal bleeding (blood arising from the back passage), and painful conditions of the anus including haemorrhoids (piles), fissures, fistulae and pruritus ani (significant itching of the anus). The methods of investigation used are relatively non-invasive techniques such as endoscopy – a telescope test of the stomach, useful for indigestion, heartburn and abdominal pain, and
colonoscopy – a telescope test of the back passage particularly useful for rectal bleeding, diarrhoea and constipation. Colonoscopy can rapidly identify a cause and potentially treat it. Rectal bleeding, for example, may be attributable to haemorrhoids, meaning that a painless injection or the application of a band can reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes. Colonoscopy is also a means of identifying early colonic disease, which is particularly relevant in the context of a family history of colonic problems, in particular colon cancer.

"I wanted to thank you again for everything you've done for me over the last 3 months. You've been amazing."

Dec 2017 , MS Cancer survivor
Colorectal cancer screening (an attempt to identify early onset disease, thus making it more amenable to treatment), incorporating colonoscopy, has become increasingly prevalent over the past three years in the UK,
as the government attempt to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer. The incidence of colorectal cancer has fallen in USA and other parts of Europe, since the introduction of colon cancer screening.

"Romi Navaratnam is one of the finest surgeons I have ever worked with, combining judgement, clinical skill and acumen with intelligence and exemplary communication. He is very personable and has a particularly human touch, which is often missing. Patients feel very well cared for indeed"

May 2016, JS Consultant Oncologist
A concise history and thorough examination is undertaken during the consultation in order to establish an accurate diagnosis and then following a recognised pathway, a management plan is initiated. This may constitute routine blood tests and where indicated a combination of either colonoscopy, endoscopy and some form of imaging such as abdominal ultrasound, MRI or CT scan.
A holistic approach is undertaken and where no obvious cause is readily identifiable, Romi works closely with qualified medical practitioners who routinely practise recognised alternative medical techniques such as acupuncture. Where further intervention is indicated, the use of minimally invasive techniques and keyhole surgery enhances recovery, enabling a more rapid return to normal activity, with minimal lifestyle disruption.

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"Thank you for being such a great support to our family & for being there day in day out. We will always truly remember"

November 2017, MK Senior Surgical Nursing Sister Central London Hospital

The Surgeon

Mr Romi Navaratnam did his training in Nottingham, Cambridge, London and Sri Lanka, prior to being appointed Consultant Colorectal and Laparoscopic surgeon at the North Middlesex University Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Royal Free Medical School in London in 2002. He is one of the founding consultants of the GI units at The Wellington Hospital and The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth both of which are widely recognised as national and international centres of excellence. His specialist interests include the investigation and management of, common gastrointestinal problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), common anal conditions, including rectal bleeding, haemorrhoids (piles), fissures, fistulae and pruritus ani (itching of the anus). He has a major interest in colonoscopy, endoscopy and undertakes laparoscopic (minimally invasive, keyhole) surgery for conditions of the gall bladder, appendix, groin and abdominal herniae and colorectal cancer, with extremely positive outcomes.

Mission statement

Colorectal specialists are passionate about establishing symptom improvement, providing strong reassurance and saving the lives of our patients. We have obtained excellent outcomes over the past 16 years. This is achieved through listening to our patients, high quality endoscopic, laparoscopic (key hole), conventional surgical and non surgical techniques, such as dietary modification and bio feedback. Our long term aim is to maintain our goals, which are dedicated to achieving a patient centred holistic approach to healing.

""Had a colonoscopy with Mr. Navaratnam which went very well. Please thank him & his team for all their amazing work and help"

MS CS JAN 2020
I have introduced a new technique, namely scar less laparoscopic key hole surgery, for bowel cancer, which has resulted in a reduced level of post operative discomfort and thus a reduced length of hospital stay. This is related to an absence of an independent abdominal wound, extraction site.
Appointed Review Editor for Journal of Frontiers in Oncology. As a member of the Editorial Board of Gastrointestinal Cancers, my responsibilities include assessing the rigour and validity of the work submitted for publication, to maintain high quality research.

"I am writing to thank you for your surgical brilliance, for going the extra mile and the fact you were always around, gave me enormous spirit"

October 2014, JR
Mr Navaratnam routinely travels to Sri Lanka every 4 months and operates on a voluntary basis in conjunction with other local and international Consultant Surgeons. This service is provided free of charge to the patients.
Apart from a sense of well being, he himself gains a significant amount of practical experience whilst working closely with other very experienced colleagues. He supports an orphanage in Sri Lanka and the Hospice based at St John & St Elizabeth’s

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We are very grateful for the excellent care and attention you have given my father and will recommend you highly to everybody we meet

October 2018, Dr SK

Thank you very much for the excellent service. I must admit I am totally blown away with your professionalism, pre and after operation care and your willingness to communicate. You are world class.

October 2014, MS

Thank you for your most kind & considerate care of me.

February 2012, AK

Thank you for your kind, empathic and professional care that you gave to me during my recent procedure.

July 2009, DZ

Thank you so much for your very expert consultation and direction it gave me confidence and certainly helped my speedy recovery. I have nothing but praise for you for the exceptional care.

February 2015, RV

Thanks for everything and thanks for my life.

February 2012, EP

I was lucky enough to have a surgeon who has my best interests at heart. Thank you for all your support and kindness that you have given me.

June 2009, PW

Thank you for your most kind & considerate care of me.

February 2012, AK

Thank you for looking after me. Your the best clinician I have ever met.

February 2015, MW

You have been very kind and supportive to my husband from November 2003 till October 2008. My husband always looked forward to seeing you, put his trust in you and praised your efforts. You gave him much encouragement and hope during his time.

March 2009, WK

Thank you for excellent care & kindness. Thank you for taking care of me.

December 2016, SO

We thank God, for your skills as a surgeon, your honesty and sensitivity. We cannot express our gratitude enough, please accept our sincere thanks.

July 2009, MB

You were very kind, considerate & patient. Most of all you persisted and we got there. I am pleased to report all is well. I am so grateful.

May 2017, JZ

Thanks you for all your support and genuine kindness towards us.

August 2008, PT

I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your treatment over the past 18 months. The bravest decision of yours was not to operate and I will be eternally grateful for that

December 2018, PW CEO

I can’t THANK YOU enough for what you have done for our mother it's priceless

April 2018 , AK

Great care. Thanks very much

February 2017, JS London GP

You operated on me to remove a sigmoid tumour on 26.1.16.  I want to thank you and all the surgical team involved. Having read more about your work, I am overwhelmed with admiration and gratitude for all you do

August 2016, DL

Thank you for the care and support you gave to me and my family. I had the luxury of your skill and care. I am eternally grateful. Thank you & God bless you

January 2016, T.O

Please thank Romi. He looked after my mother with tremendous care and spirit. My parents were very impressed by him & I am extremely grateful

March 2016, ML Consultant Surgeon


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