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David Lloyd: Gallbladder Specialist, Leicestershire

Consultant Gallbladder Specialist, Leicestershire: David Lloyd
Consultant Gallbladder Specialist, Leicestershire: David Lloyd

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, Peterborough and Lincolnshire.

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. 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.



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Date of registration:

15 Jul 1980


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 many others.

Spire admitting rights
Nuffield admitting rights


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Spire Leicester Hospital, Gartree Road,

Oadby, Leicester, LE2 2FF 

Tel: 0116 2653044 

Fax: 0116 2653672

Email: enquiries@davidmlloyd.com





Treatments offered

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

  • Open cholecystectomy

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)


Places of work

NHS treatment

Leicester Royal Infirmary
, Infirmary Sq, Leicester, LE1 5WW 

Tel: 0116 254 1414 


Private treatment

Spire Leicester Hospital

Gartree Road



Tel: 0116 265 3044

Email: enquiries@davidmlloyd.com


Nuffield Health Hospital

Scraptoft Lane



Tel: 0116 265 3044

Email: enquiries@davidmlloyd.com