A highly experienced laparoscopic and hepatobiliary surgeon offering expert diagnosis and treatment of gallbladder disease, including laparoscopic cholecystectomy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, based in Leicester.
Mr Gavin Robertson is Consultant Laparoscopic and Hepatobiliary Surgeon at Leicester General Hospital. He offers private diagnosis and treatment for gallbladder disease at The Leicester Nuffield Hospital and Spire Leicester Hospital.
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A highly trained and experienced laparoscopic gallbladder surgeon
The vast majority of operations to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) are now performed using laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Instead of removing the gallbladder through one large incision in the abdomen as in the traditional, open approach, the gallbladder is removed using special instruments inserted into three or four small abdominal cuts of 1cm or less. This minimally invasive technique allows patients to leave hospital sooner than was the case in the past, usually within 24 hours. Recovery is much quicker also, with most patients back to work, sport and other normal activities within one to two weeks.
Involved in the technique since its inception in 1993, Mr Robertson is a highly experienced and skilled laparoscopic surgeon with specialist training from national and international units. He has a particular interest and expertise in the treatment of gallbladder disease and has performed over 4000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies to date, with no incidence of bile duct injury.
Mr Robertson is on the Council of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, and is an instructor for advanced laparoscopic surgery and laparoscopic cholecystectomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Investigation, diagnosis and treatment of abdominal pain and gallstones in the East Midlands
Bile is a liquid produced by the liver that helps with the digestion of food, and in particular fatty food. It is stored in the gallbladder and released into the stomach via the main bile duct when a meal is eaten. When the constituents of bile (including cholesterol, bile pigments and bile salts) become unbalanced, it can solidify into hardened lumps known as gallstones. Gallstones are very common and can cause irritation, infection and blockage in the biliary system, however two thirds of people who have them will not experience any problems or symptoms.
Gallstones that are causing symptoms should be investigated and treated so that they do not develop into a more serious complication such as jaundice or pancreatitis. The main symptom that gallstones are present is pain under the ribcage after eating, usually worse on the right-hand side, and sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting and excessive sweating (biliary colic). Patients experiencing more severe symptoms such as jaundice, intense abdominal pain, abdominal pain lasting longer than
eight hours and abdominal pain accompanied by a high temperature should seek immediate medical attention.
Mr Robertson offers rapid assessment of abdominal pain and gallstones using ultrasound, blood tests and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). An advocate for surgical intervention in virtually all cases of symptomatic gallbladder disease, he also an expert on the treatment of the complications associated with the condition.
Areas covered for gallbladder surgery in the East Midlands
With a busy private practice based in Leicester, Mr
Robertson welcomes patients seeking treatment for gallbladder problems
from cities and towns all over the East Midlands, including
Loughborough, Nottingham, Rugby, Coventry, Kettering, Northampton, Derby
Gavin Robertson is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Health, Spire Healthcare
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