A London-based specialist in general and colorectal surgery offering expert treatment for gallstones.
Mr Abhay Chopada is Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust. He offers surgical treatment for gallbladder disease at four private hospitals in London:
- Cromwell Hospital, Earl's Court
- Hospital of St John's and St Elizabeth, St John's Wood
- Clementine Churchill Hospital, Harrow
- BMI Bishop's Wood Hospital, Northwood
An expert gallbladder surgeon in London
Trained in India and London, Mr Chopada was identified
by The Tatler Doctors Guide as one of the top gastrointestinal surgeons
in the UK in 2007, and more recently in 2013. He is highly skilled in
all the latest surgical techniques to remove the gallbladder and treat
gallstones, including laparoscopic gallbladder surgery and endoscopic
retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). A caring and compassionate
surgeon, Mr Chopada combines a strong academic and clinical background
with an ability to put patients at their ease.
What is gallbladder disease?
Gallbladder disease is a common condition, most usually caused by gallstones. An imbalance in the constituents of bile, a fluid produced by the liver to help digest fats, results in the formation of stones made up of cholesterol, bile salts and calcium. The gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ situated below the liver that stores bile, can become irritated and inflamed by these stones. Gallstones can also become stuck in the biliary ducts, obstructing the flow of bile from the liver.
When is surgery necessary for gallbladder disease?
For many people gallstones do not cause any symptoms, however where they cause a chronic inflammation of the gallbladder, symptoms include an attack of abdominal pain, often felt just below the ribs on the right side and sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting, that can last up to three hours. Known as biliary colic, if these attacks become frequent and severe, removal of the gallbladder may be recommended.
Other more severe symptoms of gallbladder disease include severe and persistent abdominal pain accompanied by a temperature lasting more than 12 hours, and jaundice. These symptoms are signs that the gallbladder is acutely inflamed or infected, and that the bile ducts have become blocked. Both conditions should be seen by a doctor immediately and will usually need to be treated surgically.
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) in London
Mr Chopada is a highly skilled laparoscopic (keyhole) surgeon, and always aims to remove the gallbladder using this minimally-invasive procedure. Using a fibre-optic probe inserted through a small incision in the abdomen to view the internal organs, he cuts the gallbladder away with tiny instruments inserted through further small cuts. The operation generally takes 60 to 90 minutes and can be performed as day surgery.
Existing gallstones can sometimes be removed laparoscopically, however it may be necessary to convert to an open operation if complications occur. Gallstones can also be removed following the operation with a special form of endoscopy called endoscopic retrograde pancreatography (ERCP).
Mr Abhay Chopada is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including BMI Hospitals
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