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Sanjay Agrawal: Gall Bladder Surgeon, Essex and London

Gall Bladder Surgeon, Essex and London: Sanjay Agrawal
Gall Bladder Surgeon, Essex and London: Sanjay Agrawal

A highly experienced Essex-based gall bladder surgeon offering laparoscopic surgery, open surgery and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatolography (ERCP) for the treatment of gallstones.

Mr Sanjay Agrawal is Consultant Surgeon at Homerton University Hospital, London. He is able to offer the full range of surgical techniques to treat gallstones at a number of private hospitals in Essex and London.

How do I know if I have gallstones?

Gallstones are small hard lumps, usually of cholesterol, that form in the gall bladder when there is an imbalance in the chemical make up of bile.  The reasons for this are unknown, but gallstones are more common in certain groups of people, including those over 40, those who are overweight and those with a family history of gallstone disease. 

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Often the stones cause no symptoms or problems, but if one becomes stuck in a duct, a sudden intense abdominal pain lasting from one to five hours, often accompanied by vomiting, nausea and sweating, results (biliary colic).  Inflammation of the gall bladder is also possible, causing fever, persistent abdominal pain and jaundice (cholecystitis).   Finally, the pancreas can be irritated by migrant stones causing severe and progressive abdominal pain (pancreatitis).

Sanjay Agrawal

When is gall bladder surgery necessary?

Anyone experiencing disabling abdominal pain, abdominal pain that lasts for longer than eight hours, jaundice or a fever with chills should seek immediate medical advice.  If gallstone disease is diagnosed in this situation, the treatment will always be the surgical removal of the gall bladder.  Surgery is also recommended for people who experience frequent or troublesome bouts of biliary colic, or those who have gallstones in the presence of diabetes, high levels of calcium in the gallbladder or portal hypertension.

Sanjay Agrawal

An expert in laparoscopic gall bladder surgery

Mr Agrawal is highly trained and skilled in removing the gall bladder using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery, resulting in less blood loss, less scarring and a quicker recovery time for the patient.  This technique is suitable for most patients with gallstones.

Other surgical techniques to treat gallstones performed by

Mr Agrawal

Open gall bladder surgery

For various medical and technical reasons, laparoscopic gall bladder surgery is not suitable for approximately 10% of patients.  In these cases, Mr Agrawal removes the gall bladder through a single incision around 10-15cm long.  Occasionally, it may also be necessary to convert to an open operation from a laparoscopic one.  Open surgery is just as effective as keyhole surgery, although recovery times are longer.

Sanjay Agrawal: Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Gastrointestinal Surgeon, London

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatolography (ERCP)

ERCP is a diagnostic procedure to examine the biliary system, in the case of jaundice for example.  It can also be used to remove gallstones that have become stuck in the bile duct and to insert stents in order to keep the ducts open, allowing the bile to flow freely.  ERCP can be used as a stand alone procedure to remove bile duct stones or as part of gall bladder removal surgery.

Sanjay Agrawal

Make an appointment for gall bladder surgery with Mr Sanjay Agrawal in Essex and London

Appointments to discuss gall bladder surgery with Mr Agrawal can be made by calling his private secretary on 07876 618424.  General information and information on pricing can also be obtained from this number, or by filling in an online enquiry form.

GMC registration:         5204374                      Check this doctor's GMC registration

Date of registration:     22 January 2002



Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals

Mr. Sanjay Agrawal is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including HCA Hospitals and Spire Healthcare.

HCA admitting rights
Nuffield admitting rights
Spire admitting rights


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Treatments offered

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy 

  • Open cholecystectomy

  • ERCP


Places of work

Outpatient clinics and by appointment


Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth

60 Grove End Road

St John’s Wood




Spire Roding Hospital

Roding Lane South





Holly House Hospital

High Road

Buckhurst Hill




Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital

Shenfield Road



CM15 8EH


Rivers Hospital

High Wych Road





BMI The London Independent Hospital

1 Beaumont Square

Stepney Green


Greater London

E1 4NL


By appointment


The Wellington Hospital

The South Building

Wellington Place

St John’s Wood




Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

30 New Road



CB24 9EL