Sanjay Agrawal: Gall Bladder Surgeon, Essex and London
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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 BMI Hospitals and HCA Hospitals and Nuffield Health and Spire Healthcare.
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