Rob Bethune's Areas of Expertise

Rob Bethune is a Colo-rectal Consultant Surgeon. Outside of private practice, he works at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and is a Clinical Advisor for the South West Patient Safety Collaborative.

He is a primarily a laparoscopic and hernia surgeon as well as dealing with the surgical side of inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer. He performs colonoscopy as well as dealing with haemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome.

There are several kinds of hernias; inguinal, femoral, umbilical, epigastric and incisional. Inguinal hernias are by far the most common. If you want to discuss the other kinds of hernias then please contact my secretary to book an appointment. Read More
Haemorrhoids (piles)
Everybody normally has tissue near the back passage that can sense the difference between; solid, liquid and stool. It also is part of the continence mechanism. In some cases if the pressure upstream builds up then this tissue swells and that swollen tissue is what we call piles (or haemorrhoids). In about half the cases of piles it is this upstream pressure that causes them, the other half just occur on their own. Factors that cause piles are; constipation, diarrhoea, straining on the toilet and classically pregnancy. Read More
Irritable Bowel
This is a very common syndrome and can occur in all ages. We are not sure exactly what causes it but it does seem to be related to diet and stress. Read More
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
There are two kinds of inflammatory bowel disease; ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Although not common they can be very severe and significantly affects people’s lives. Read More
Bowel Cancer
Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers. 1 in 12 people will have bowel cancer at some stage in their life. Read More
Anal Fissures
A fissure is a small tear of the skin around the back passage. They can be very painful and can bleed. In general they are cause by constipation and straining, however they can just occur with no cause. Read More
Anal Fistulas
An anal fistula is an abnormal communication from the bowel on the inside and the skin around the back passage. The cause discharge (mucous and blood) and can result in a painful abscess. Read More

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Rob is a Consultant Colo-Rectal Surgeon at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and also sees patients privately at Exeter Nuffield - contact 01392 262183

Mr Rob Bethune provides quality care