A specialist gastrointestinal surgeon offering the latest techniques in laparoscopic surgery, including single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), for the treatment of gallstones.
Mr Christopher Wong is Consultant Gastrointestinal Surgeon at Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals in Bristol. He provides private gallbladder and bile duct surgery at Spire Bristol Hospital and Spire Cardiff Hospital.
An expert in laparoscopic gallbladder surgery
Mr Wong is a highly experienced general surgeon specialising in gastrointestinal and endocrine conditions. He has been using advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques to treat gallstones for over 10 years, and is skilled in the latest single incision technique to remove the gallbladder.
How do I know if I have gallstones?
Bile is a substance made by the liver that helps with the digestion of fats. It flows through bile ducts to be stored in the gallbladder. In some people the bile crystallises forming stones of varying sizes. Often these stones cause no problems or symptoms, however if a stone becomes trapped in a duct it can cause the onset of a sudden pain in the upper right abdomen that can last for several hours, often accompanied by nausea or vomiting (biliary colic). Other signs that gallstones may be present include intolerance of fatty foods, wind and abdominal bloating. Occasionally gallstones can cause more severe symptoms such as fever or jaundice, which require urgent medical attention.
Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) in Bristol and Cardiff
The most effective treatment for symptomatic gallstones is surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). These days, this procedure is almost always performed laparoscopically through several small cuts in the abdomen, however Mr Wong is now able to offer an exciting new advance in gallbladder surgery, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS). All the necessary surgery is performed through a single cut through the belly button, resulting in a virtually invisible scar, less postoperative pain and a short recovery time.
Surgical treatment of blocked bile ducts
Gallstones are usually diagnosed using ultrasound, although other tests such as a magnetic resonance cholangiogram or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may be used to diagnose block bile ducts. When tests identify gallstones in the main bile duct, Mr Wong is able to treat them either with ERCP, a procedure that uses a fibre optic tube with tiny instruments attached, or by opening the bile duct surgically during a laparoscopic operation.
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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