Mr Colin Elton


General and Colorectal Surgeon

Colin Elton was appointed as Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Barnet Hospital in September 2002. The role has included work at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals and The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.

He has concentrated on providing a high quality general, colorectal and paediatric surgical service.

Colin performs a wide variety of operations privately at a number of different hospitals around London. He performs bowel cancer surgery at Barnet Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital.

Colin also performs general paediatric surgery including hernia repairs and surgery for undescended testes for babies and children of any age. He performs minor and intermediate surgery including hernia repairs, appendicectomy, haemorrhoid surgery, pilonidal sinus, rectal prolapse and endoscopy in all my places of work.

Colin qualified from the Royal London Hospital in 1989 and spent his early training years in North East Thames Hospital and various hospitals around the south coast. His specialist training was based in the South East including Guyโ€™s and Royal Sussex County Hospitals. Colin was appointed a clinical fellow in a Sydney teaching hospital, working particularly in the Colorectal and Trauma Units.

As a consultant, Colin has expanded his colorectal practice to perform laparoscopic resections for colorectal cancer and introducing new haemorrhoid procedures such as haemorrhoidal artery ligation (HALO) procedure. He is part of a team of two surgeons performing Robotic Colorectal Surgery, the only service of its kind being performed in London and the South East of England.

He has introduced and maintained a laparoscopic colorectal service as well as a TEMS (transanal endoscopic microsurgery) service for benign and malignant rectal tumours. His other main interest is adult hernia repairs under local anaesthesia.

As Clinical Lead for Endoscopy at Barnet, Colin has dedicated his time to improving the endoscopy service and was greatly involved in a bid for Bowel Cancer Screening for our trust. He is committed to training, teaching on MRCS courses and organising novel courses for students and training surgeons.

Colin runs the London HALO courses for haemorrhoids teaching visiting consultants from around the country. He was the Surgical Lead for Undergraduates in our Trust and organised the first Multidisciplinary General Surgery Paediatric Group and has written and co-written a number of published papers, giving lectures and presentations to national and international conferences.

Colin lives in North West London, enjoying the greener side of suburbia. His interests include running the London Marathon (on ten occasions) for charities such as Bowel Cancer UK, NSPCC and Child Line. At Barnet Hospital, Colin has produced an annual Christmas show over the last nine years using the talents of medical and non-medical staff. The show raises money for much-needed hospital equipment.

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Hospital Locations

Royal Free Hospital

Year qualified


Country of qualification


Languages spoken

English, Conversational French


  • General Surgery


  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Association of Coloproctology
  • Clinical Robotic Surgery Association

Procedures offered

  • Laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Open colorectal surgery if necessary
  • All hernia and haemorrhoid procedures
  • Complex incisional hernia repair with abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Repair of enterocutaneous fistula
  • Ileoanal pouch surgery
  • TEMS procedure
  • Robotic surgery for rectal prolapse. Repair of recurrent prolapse.
  • Paediatric hernia repairs and orchidopexy
  • Colonoscopy and gastroscopy

Clinical interests

Developing Complete Mesocolic Excision for right sided bowel cancer resections in the UK. This is already standard in many countries.

Research interests

Colin wasย awarded a Master of Surgery degree in April 1997 for work conducted in the Department of Surgery at The Royal Free Hospital from March 1994ย to March 1996.

Mr Colin Elton, General and Colorectal Surgeon is available to be seen for consultations at Royal Free London