A group of almost 50 women has turned to Thompsons Solicitors for legal guidance after claiming surgical procedures by a consultant colorectal surgeon left them in excruciating pain and suffering with medical complications. 

Multiple women have spoken out about procedures performed by Dr Anthony Dixon, who worked at the NHS Southmead hospital in Bristol and the private Spire Bristol hospital. They allege he rushed into recommending invasive mesh implant surgery, a procedure that aims to repair pelvic damage - commonly caused by childbirth - without warning them about the potential pain and complications it can cause, and without suggesting alternative treatment. 

According to the Guardian, many of his former patients also raised concerns over lewd and inappropriate comments made by Dr Dixon, including one former patient and Thompsons Solicitors’ mesh client, Jacqui Shaw, who claimed that after her operation, he threw images on her bed before saying: “There you go, would you like to see your insides?” 

Dr Dixon has been suspended from work and is currently being investigated by his NHS Trust. 

"We are looking into medical negligence claims; mostly for the mesh procedure rectopexy and another called STARR at a private hospital and NHS Southmead Hospital both in Bristol."

Madeleine Pinschof
medical negligence expert at Thompsons Solicitors

Speaking with the Guardian, Jacqui detailed her experience with Dr Dixon after turning to him for a form of bowel repair surgery known as rectopexy. The 50-year-old from Newcastle had difficulties when giving birth to two children in 1992 and 1996, causing problems with incontinence. A local doctor suggested she turn to Dr Dixon, who performed the operation. 

However, the surgery was unsuccessful and left her in excruciating pain, leading to the surgeon performing a second procedure known as stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR). Despite this, Jacqui continued to suffer pain for years after the operation and was forced to seek help from a gynaecologist, who concluded that the original rectopexy was partly to blame for her suffering. Jacqui was unaware until 2016 that the mesh was a cause of her suffering and, in the same year, underwent surgery to have it removed, although she still suffers pain to this day. 

Madeleine Pinschof, medical negligence expert at Thompsons Solicitors said: “We are acting for almost 50 clients operated on by Mr Dixon who are in worse pain now than they before the surgery and were not adequately warned of the complications that could arise.  

“We are looking into medical negligence claims; mostly for the mesh procedure rectopexy and another called STARR at a private hospital and NHS Southmead Hospital both in Bristol. 

“As usual, the NHS has been swift to act on complaints and are investigating, however, the private sector has been slow to react. In our view, regardless of where the patient was treated – NHS or private - the same standards of governance and safety should apply.”