A Leicestershire-based laparoscopic and hepatobiliary surgeon specialising in the surgical treatment of gallstones.
David M Lloyd
is 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 and Peterborough.
An experienced laparoscopic gallbladder surgeon in Leicestershire
Mr 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.
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.
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