Javed Sultan came to Guildford in 2014 to help expand and develop the regional oesophago-gastric cancer unit for Surrey. He was a Consultant Surgeon at the largest internationally renowned Northern Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Unit (Newcastle upon Tyne) prior to his appointment at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He trained in Newcastle upon Tyne and graduated from medical school in 2001 (MBBS). He undertook 2 years of research in oesophageal and stomach cancer. He passed with commendation for the Degree of Doctorate of Medicine and was nominated for the Medical Sciences Doctoral Thesis Prize. In 2011, Javed was awarded the Association of Surgeon’s Gold medal and Prize as the top candidate out of 130 in the UK at the Intercollegiate examination in surgery (FRCSed). He spent 27 months as the senior trainee at the Northern Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Unit in Newcastle upon Tyne and was trained by Professor SM Griffin OBE a the largest oesophago-gastric cancer unit. Javed has also excellent experience at bariatric surgery and has been trained by Mr P Small at the Sunderland Royal Hospital. He also spent time with Profesor JD Luketich at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) learning the technique of Minimally Invasive Oesophagectomy (MIO) which is a keen interest of his for the future. Javed has been awarded 7 other prizes, has presented research both nationally and internationally. Javed works at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, as a Consultant Oesophago-Gastric and Laparoscopic Surgeon, which offers a specialist oesophago-gastric cancer service and receives complex tertiary referrals from other hospitals around the UK. Javed has been extensively trained in all aspects of general and upper gastrointestinal surgery specifically hernia, cholecystectomy, anti-reflux surgery, gastectomy, oesophagectomy, gastric bypass, diagnostic endoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy. Mr Sultan’s aim is to deliver high quality care and being patient centred is paramount. He is a reliable, approachable, dedicated, conscientious, trust-worthy and a multi-faceted surgeon whose aim is to deliver high quality care. Patient centred care is his priority.
Mr Sultan carried out a sleeve gastrostomy in November 2017 following a consultation during late September 2017. From the first discussion with Mr Sultan regarding my weight, the implications to me health if left and the procedures that would be carried out leading up to the surgery and the recovery process following surgery I found the level of information clear and precise without any misunderstanding on my part of what would happen both before and after the operation. The surgery went exactly how Mr Sultan described it, the attention I received during my stay in the hospital, the medical team attended to every eventually making me feel at ease it what was potentially an overwhelming operation. My recovery is going exactly to plan with support from Mr Sultan, the hospital physiotherapy team and dietician, a process that continues for 18 months post operation. The proof is based on what has happened to me since the operation when my weight was over 124kg (19.5st) to 7 months on where I weigh 81.3kg (under 13st). I have no joint pains, my blood pressure has reduced to normal levels and have an overwhelming sense of wellbeing. The down side, I'm happy to say, is having to buy a new wardrobe of clothes having lost 9 inches off my waist. During my last consultation with Mr Sultan I thanked him for changing my life, which he has done without question.
I would like to express my appreciation for the care and treatment given by Mr Sultan whilst in hospital. I had total trust in him and his team during the operation and afterwards, when I had an infection in my lung. I very much appreciated that he was clear about the operation to remove my cancer and I felt very relaxed about the treatment that I was to have. I trusted him and approached the operation feeling relaxed and comfortable. I also felt that I could always discuss anything that I was unsure about. Mr Sultan’s team and also the staff on Frensham Ward worked extremely well together, all being caring. As a patient, I felt extremely well looked after throughout my stay in Guildford County Hospital. Mr Sultan also made me aware that I must contact him if any problems or concerns arise, which was very reassuring. Being in hospital was a new experience and being there with such a professional, easy to talk to Consultant gave me much relief and strength. Thank you.
I found Mr Sultan to be an extremely skilled surgeon, not only able to locate and diagnose the cancer, but also to operate very swiftly to remove it and able to utilize the rapid recovery protocols at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford for excellent post-operative care, discharge within a week, and on-going care and follow up from himself and his team. I can't rate him more highly!
One year on from my diagnosis of stage three oesophageal cancer, and almost eight months since I underwent major surgery to remove my tumour, I feel I have a good perspective of the care I received on the NHS, at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, and under the surgical care of Mr Javed Sultan. I rate all three very highly indeed. I was left in no doubt about the seriousness of my condition. From diagnosis in August 2016 I was swiftly further examined to determine whether or not I could be operated on. Fortunately my cancer appear not to have spread and I underwent chemotherapy ahead of an 10-hour operation which was carried out in January 2017. Mr Sultan and his specialist nurse Lizzie Elam took the time to explain all the intricacies of my situation, the implications and possible outcomes. They were thorough and straightforward yet thoughtful and caring. I got all the answers I needed and by the time of my surgery I had complete trust and confidence in Mr Sultan. The operation went very well, I was on my feet (with assistance) in 24 hours and home within seven days. This was the best possible outcome and a great credit to the skills of Mr Sultan and his team. Subsequent laboratory examination (histology) indicated no remaining evidence of cancer in the removed tumour and no evidence of any transfer of cancer through the lymph nodes, a great result and further evidence that the procedures as recommended by Mr Sultan had been correct. I had clearly had a great response to chemotherapy, under the excellent Dr Madeleine Hewish. Mr Sultan stressed the need to be as fit, strong and lean as possible going into surgery and I followed this advice. The fact that I was able to recover swiftly from such major surgery, and without any significant complications, is a testament to the good advice and common sense approach taken by Mr Sultan. One year later and I am still here...fit and active, on no painkillers and taking just one lansoprazole a day. Life is much as it was before diagnosis. I have only minor discomforts, mainly around digestive issues following the removal of a part of my oesophagus and upper stomach. But this is a learning exercise and by and large I eat and drink much as before. Throughout this last year, with the support of my wife, family and friends, I have remained positive and determined. This attitude of mind is in no small part down to the confidence I had in Mr Sultan and his team. I think he is first class and I rate him very highly. Stewart Payne
I had done extensive research for over a year, about which weight loss procedure I wanted and the appropriate consultant. I decided to see Mr Javed Sultan in January 2016 at BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital, Guildford, Surrey. When I seen Mr Sultan for the first time he was very welcoming, took extensive history and he actually listened to what you said. I have never felt rushed during any of my consultations. We decided on the Gastric Balloon first and the the Sleeve Gastrectomy. Mr Sultan is a very highly recommended surgeon. He has got a impeccable bedside manner, a cracking sense of humour and nothing is too much for him. I owe everything to Mr Sultan, he believed in me and gave me my life back, with my fantastic weight loss tool. I wouldn't hesitate in seeing him again.