An innovative and pioneering endocrine surgeon offering the latest minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgical techniques for conditions affecting the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, based in Bristol and Cardiff.
Mr Christopher Wong is Consultant Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgeon at Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals in Bristol. He provides private endocrine surgery at Spire Bristol Hospital and Spire Cardiff Hospital.
Specialist care for endocrine conditions in Bristol and Cardiff
Mr Wong is an experienced general surgeon specialising in gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery. He is particularly interested in the use of minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgical methods, and has been responsible for the development of several new techniques and procedures that result in less scarring and quicker recovery times for his patients.
Awarded a PhD for his work on endocrine disease, Mr Wong is able to provide expert surgery for the full range of endocrine diseases, including less commonly seen complaints, complicated thyroid conditions and re-do surgery.
Endocrine conditions treated by Mr Christopher Wong
Mr Wong provides surgical treatment for conditions affecting the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, including:
- Graves disease
- Toxic nodular goitre
- Obstructive goitre
- Thyroid cancer
- Cushings syndrome
- Adrenal lump tumour
Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery
The parathyroid glands are four tiny glands that sit behind the thyroid gland in the neck. They produce parathyroid hormone (PTH) which helps to control the levels of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D in the blood and bones. Occasionally the parathyroid becomes enlarged or overactive, most commonly due to a non-cancerous tumour known as an adenoma, although often no definitive cause can be found. Symptoms are often vague, including depression, muscle weakness and fatigue, however untreated hyperparathyroidism can lead to more serious conditions such as osteoporosis, heart attack and muscle wasting. Blood and urine tests can easily establish whether or not the parathyroid glands are producing too much PTH.
The only truly effective treatment for hyperparathyroidism is to remove the affected gland or glands. The standard surgical method involves a large incision measuring 8 to 10 cm, however using the latest ultrasound and nuclear medicine technology, Mr Wong is able to identify the precise position of any diseased parathyroid glands and remove them through an incision measuring less than 2.5cm. As well as producing a good cosmetic outcome and swift recovery time for the patient, this minimally invasive targeted approach greatly reduces the risk of damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve and avoids trauma to the other parathyroid glands.
Mr Chris Wong is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Health, Spire Healthcare
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