Dr Michael Elliot is a specialist surgical gastroenterologist specialising in colorectal surgery, or surgery of the colon, rectum, anus and pelvic floor. He has been in private practice for the last 26 years and currently practices from the Life Kingsbury Hospital at 303 Fairfield Medical Suites, Wilderness Road, Claremont, Cape Town.
Dr Elliot was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital University of London. During this time, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of London and Edinburgh. He then obtained his specialist post-graduate colorectal training at St Mark’s Hospital for Diseases of the Colon and Rectum at the University of London, where he later became a senior surgical registrar. (can emphasis be placed on the St Mark’s Hospital, etc.).
In his time as senior surgical registrar, Dr Elliot focused purely on colorectal surgery. He also went on to study at the Mayo Clinic and the Texas Medical Centre in the United States to further his skills as a gastroenterologist.
Today, Dr Elliot operates at the Life Kingsbury Hospital in Cape Town, where he is co-founder of the Gastrointestinal (GIT) ward. He is also involved in the hospital’s Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Unit as well.
Dr Elliot is a former head of the Colorectal Department at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town. He is also currently a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Colorectal diseases.
Additionally, Dr Elliot is the author of forty-six original surgical publications and the co-author of over seventy surgical publications.
Dr Elliot's clinical involvement in colorectal diseases covers a wide spectrum of conditions, including chronic constipation and diarrhoea, anorectal problems and diverticulitis, faecal and urinary incontinence, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal polyps. His specific interests also extend to the treatment and management of colorectal cancer and pelvic floor dysfunction.
As a specialist surgical gastroenterologist, Dr Elliot brings a unique and very substantial experience in some highly complex areas, including the avoidance of colostomies in the treatment of rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. In fact, he pioneered the development of the colonoscopy in private practice along with the ileal pouch and colonic pouch anastomotic procedures.
His extensive consulting rooms offer a range of diagnostic tests to evaluate patients with symptomatic disorders of defaecation, including diarrhoea, constipation and incontinence. The examination rooms also offer endoscopies, anorectal physiological studies, anorectal ultrasounds and other tests to help treat patients effectively.
In summary, Dr Elliot offers the most up to date investigatory equipment and surgical techniques to preserve intestinal continence and avoid the formation of external stoma and further gastrointestinal or colorectal complications.