Hernias in the groin and other areas of the abdomen, such as near the belly button, are common. Various medical terms are used to describe the area affected, such as inguinal or femoral hernias in the groin, umbilical or paraumbilical hernias by the belly button, and epigastric or ventral hernias in other areas on the front of the abdomen. They result in a visible lump and can cause pain. We can discuss repairing your hernia using key hole or open surgery.
Gallstones may cause severe pain and can have a major impact on quality of life. We perform surgery to remove the gallbladder (called cholecystectomy), and for the majority of patients this can be completed using a key hole approach.
Acid reflux affects 1 in 5 adults on a weekly basis. Usually this can be managed with lifetsytyle changes and medication. In some people, anti-reflux surgery can provide effective symptom relief. We can assess your reflux to see if you may benefit from anti-reflux surgery. This involves key hole surgery to repair a hiatus hernia, if present, and create an anti-reflux valve using the upper part of the stomach, called a fundoplication.
We provide upper GI endoscopy services. Upper GI endoscopy is also called an OGD, which is short for "Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy." We perform endoscopy as a diagnostic test, to obtain information about the causes of symptoms. We also perform endoscopic treatments, such as balloon dilation to open up a narrowing due to scar tissue. Endoscopy can be performed with throat spray alone, or with throat spray and sedation.