A Leicestershire-based laparoscopic and hepatobiliary surgeon specialising in the surgical treatment of gallstones.
David M Lloyd
Consultant Hepatobiliary and Laparoscopic Surgeon at University Hospital
Leicester, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester. He offers
private gallbladder surgery at two independent hospitals in Leicester:
- Spire Leicester Hospital
- Nuffield Health Hospital, Leicester
Areas covered include: Loughborough, Rugby, Northampton, Coventry, Derby,
Birmingham, Oakham, Peterborough and Lincolnshire.
An experienced laparoscopic gallbladder surgeon in Leicestershire
Lloyd has over twenty years experience in treating conditions affecting the
liver, pancreas, bile ducts and gallbladder. In 1991, he was responsible
for one of the first gallbladder removal procedures (cholecystectomy) performed
in the UK and has since gone on to gain an international reputation for his
skill in laparoscopic (keyhole) gallbladder surgery. Mr Lloyd has
performed over 4000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies to date, recently pioneering
an even less invasive 'single port' technique. He was recently awarded most
honoured citizen of the year in Leicestershire 2010.
Why have gallbladder surgery?
The gallbladder is a small sac located beneath the liver in
the upper-right part of the abdomen. Its function is to store the
digestive fluid produced by the liver that helps break down fats (bile),
although, in fact, most of the bile flows through the bile duct directly into
the stomach. Made up of cholesterol, pigment and mineral salts, bile can
harden into stones if the delicate balance of its constituents is
disrupted. Factors increasing the risk of gallstone formation include
obesity, diabetes and being female, however why they form is not always clear
and they an extremely common complaint in both sexes, accounting for 60,000
gallbladder removal operations each year.
Gallstones often cause no symptoms at all, however they can
irritate and inflame the gallbladder, or become trapped in the bile duct.
Symptoms include severe pain under the right rib, nausea, vomiting, indigestion
and, more severely, fever and jaundice. A dull ache under the right rib
cage can also be a sign of a low-grade infection. Surgery to remove the
gallbladder is usually recommended for most people with painful gallstones,
however it is always worth seeking specialist advice to discuss any symptoms
and the options available.
'Single-port' cholecystectomy in Leicester
The majority of gallbladder removal operations are now
performed laparoscopically through up to four small incisions, known as
ports. In selected patients, Mr Lloyd is able to offer removal of the
gallbladder through a single small incision near the bellybutton, minimising
scarring and postoperative pain.
Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals
Mr David Lloyd is an accredited consultant for the
UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals including Spire
Healthcare and Nuffield Health Leicester. He is recognised by many leading
private insurers including BUPA, AXA PPP, Simply Health, WPA, Norwich Union and
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