Mr Sudhindra Rao MBBS MS FRCS (Gen Surg)

Consultant Upper Gastro-intestinal, Laparoscopic and General Surgeon.

NHS Hospital:

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Williams Avenue

Dorchester, Dorset


Tel: (secretary): 01305 253765; Fax: 01305 255490

Private Practice:

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital

Herringston Road

Dorchester, Dorset


Tel: 01305 263252; Fax: 01305 265424

Mr Sudhindra Rao is a Consultant General and Upper Gastro-intestinal Surgeon. He has a vast experience over many years, with special interests in Upper gastro-intestinal and laparoscopic surgery. He completed his higher surgical training in the Wessex Deanery in the UK, in addition to obtaining training at the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in India, to achieve excellence in surgical practice based on good knowledge, highly developed technical skills, dedication and advanced communication to deliver a high standard of care. Mr Sudhindra Rao has served as the Clinical Director for Surgery and Urology at the Dorset County Hospital and he was the Surgical Tutor of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, for specialist surgical trainees in the Wessex Deanery. He is actively involved in training medical students and surgical trainees. He is dedicated to research and has published many papers in various journals and e-textbooks.

Based in West Dorset, Mr Rao provides the highest level of care to his patients. He believes strongly in the pursuit of clinical excellence through a consultant led service providing close attention to detail. Patient safety and quality of life are of paramount importance and he strives to achieve these goals. He offers a specialist service that is tailored to the requirements of the individual patient. His practice is based on good knowledge, advanced surgical skills, dedication and communication to deliver a high standard of care. A majority of his operations are performed via a keyhole (laparoscopic) approach.

He specialises in the disorders of oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, spleen, bile duct and gall bladder. He is also a general surgeon and treats patients with hernias and lumps and bumps.

Mr Rao holds an outpatient clinic at BMI The Winterbourne Hospital for patients suffering from gallstones, acid reflux and hiatus hernia, groin lumps, swollen lymph nodes and all types of hernias, such as inguinal, femoral, umbilical, ventral, epigastric and incisional hernias.

Mr Rao's fields of expertise include:

Gall stone disease:

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder)

Laparoscopic bile duct exploration

Acid reflux and oesophageal conditions:

Laparoscopic anti-reflux procedures (e.g. Nissen fundoplication)

Laparoscopic repair of hiatus hernias

Laparoscopic procedure for Achalasia (Heller’s cardiomyotomy)

Diagnostic gastroscopy (Camera examination of gullet, stomach and first part of small intestine)

Upper gastro-intestinal cancers:

Oesophageal, stomach, pancreatic, liver and gall bladder cancers.


Laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernias

Laparoscopic repair of incisional hernias

Open repair of inguinal hernias (under local or general anaesthetic)

Repair of para-umbilical, femoral and epigastric hernias

Other procedures:

Laparoscopic staging of tumours

Removal of lumps and other skin lesions

For private consultations, please contact The BMI Winterbourne Hospital, Dorchester.