Our specialist General Surgeons offer a wide range of treatments including simple abscess drainage, Hernia Repair, the treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux and Gall Bladder removal.
Many general surgical procedures can be carried out endoscopically or laparoscopically enabling a faster return to normal activities and minimal scar and issue damage. We offer specialist consultations at 9 Harley Street for diagnosis and a state of the art hospital for your procedure.
Abscess incision and drainage
If a skin abscess becomes too large and infected you may need to have it dealt with in surgery in order to stop it growing further. This is a small operation usually carried out under local anaesthetic, where you remain awake and the area around the abscess is numbed. A small incision is made in the abscess, to allow it to drain out.
This procedure is usually carried out as an emergency procedure because a patient is suffering from acute appendicitis. The procedure takes place under general anaesthetic and can be performed using either a ‘laporoscopic’ or ‘open’ technique. A laparoscopic or keyhole approach is generally the preferred method as it is quicker and recovery times are shortened. To achieve this, a number of small incisions are made in the abdomen. Then with the use of small surgical instruments and a laparoscope the appendix can be removed and the patient incisions will be closed back up with dissolvable sutures.
Sometimes an ‘open’ approach is required, particularly if the appendix has already burst, or if the patient has previously had abdominal surgery. In this approach a single larger cut will be made in the lower right hand side of the abdomen and the appendix is removed. Again it is closed with either dissolvable suture or stitches that will need to removed a few days later.
This is surgery to remove the gallbladder using a laparoscopic technique. Several small cuts are made in the abdomen and gas is used to inflate the abdomen which allows the surgeon easier access to the organs. Then using a laparoscope and small surgical instruments the gall bladder is removed and the incisions in the abdomen are closed.
Hernia’s can occur in various places on the body and are due to a protrusion of an organ through a cavity wall.
Inguinal hernia repair– is the most common type of hernia repair and is a lump or swelling in the groin. Surgery can be either an open or laparoscopic approach. It can be done under either local anaesthetic or general and is a fairly quick operation taking around 45 minutes.
For an open approach the surgeon makes a single cut over the hernia. The surgeon will then place the lump of fatty tissue or loop of bowel back into the abdomen. A mesh is placed in the abdominal wall, at the weak spot where the hernia came through, to strengthen it.
For laparoscopic surgery the surgeon usually makes three small incisions in your abdomen and a thin tube containing a light source and a camera (laparoscope) is inserted through one of these incisions so the surgeon can see inside your abdomen. Special surgical instruments are inserted through the other incisions so the surgeon can pull the hernia back into place.
Umbilical hernia repair- This procedure is shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes but will be performed under general anaesthetic. During umbilical hernia repair, the surgeon makes a small cut of about 2–3cm at the base of the belly button, and pushes the fatty lump or loop of bowel back into the abdomen (tummy). The muscle layers at the weak spot in the abdominal wall, where the hernia came through, are stitched together to strengthen them. In some cases, a special mesh patch may be placed in the abdominal wall to strengthen the area if the hernia was particularly large.
Sports Hernia/Gilmore’s Groin repair- Is a severe musculo-tendinous injury of the groin, which can be successfully treated by the surgical restoration of normal anatomy. The principle of the groin reconstruction operation is to put the muscles and tendons back where they should be, to reattach them. The full repair involves a total of 6 layers, including the three main muscles. The transversus muscle is “plicated”, this involves bunching it up to tighten it, the internal oblique muscle is stitched back down onto the pelvic bone and the inguinal ligament and the external oblique is repaired and the tightened. The procedure usually takes place under general anaesthetic.
Linx® for gastroesophageal reflux
The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and uses keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) to implant magnetic beads around the lower part of the oesophagus. The procedure generally takes around 1 hour. The magnetic beads reinforce the LOS muscle and help keep it closed when at rest, preventing stomach acid leaking upwards.
Nissen fundoplication (laparoscopic) for gastroesophageal reflux
This is one of the most common surgical techniques used to treat the condition. It uses keyhole surgery, avoiding the need for a large incision. It involves the surgeon wrapping the upper section of the patients stomach around the oesophagus to form a collar. This helps tighten the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS), to stop acid moving back out of the stomach. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes 60 to 90 minutes.
The Weymouth Street hospital offers:
- The most experienced London based consultant surgeons, anaesthetists, doctors and nursing team
- Excellent care in our central London Boutique Hospital
- State of the art facilities, voted by patients as their first choice London Hospital
- We accept Insured, guaranteed or self-pay patients
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- We offer Fixed Price Packages if you wish to fund your own surgery.
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