Bristol Surgeon Investigated – Breaking News


A Surgeon in Bristol is being investigated after reports that a number of his former patients have suffered catastrophic complications after surgery.

Tony Dixon, a Consultant Surgeon at Southmead Hospital and at the Spire private hospital in Bristol, is being investigated by North Bristol NHS Trust after reports that a number of his former patients have suffered debilitating complications after surgery he performed to fix bowel problems.

Mr Dixon, “a pioneer in mesh rectopexy” performs the procedure to treat pelvic organ prolapses and incontinence in women – conditions which commonly occur after childbirth.  However, several of Mr Dixon’s former patients are considering legal action following post-surgical complications, which include severe pain following surgery, as well as instances where it was subsequently identified the mesh was not attached where it should have been. Concern has also been raised by a number of his former patients who believe there were not fully informed about the risks of the surgery before going ahead. 

Whilst mesh surgery can result in life-changing benefits, around 2.5% of women who undergo such a procedure will suffer complications. However, it is suspected that those who were treated by Mr Dixon have suffered devastating complications, leaving them in a far worse condition than before they had the procedure. 

As well as the investigation being carried out by Southmead Hospital, where Mr Dixon is currently unable to perform any mesh operations, the General Medical Counsel (GMC) have also begun investigating his practice and placed their own restrictions on his ability to operate.


If you have been treated by this surgeon or have any concerns arising from this breaking news, please contact our Medical Negligence Department – our team of expert solicitors will be able to assist. Call on 01708 229444 or email us using our contact form.This article was written by Kim Huggins, Medical Negligence Solicitors at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as of October 2017.


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