An experienced general and colorectal surgeon offering laparoscopic and open hernia repair in London.
Mr Abhay Chopada
is Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust. He provides private hernia surgery at four independent hospitals in London:
- Hospital of St John's and St Elizabeth, St John's Wood
- Cromwell Hospital, Earl's Court
- Clementine Churchill Hospital, Harrow
- BMI Bishop's Wood Hospital, Northwood
Offering expert hernia repair in London
Trained in India and in London on University College London Hospital's North Thames (East) Higher Surgical Scheme, Mr Chopada is a highly skilled surgeon with over 16 years experience in general surgery. Featured in The Tatler Doctors Guide in 2007 and again in 2013 as one of the top gastrointestinal surgeons in the UK, he offers both laparoscopic and open surgical repair for hernias.
Conditions treated by Mr Abhay Chopada
Mr Chopada offers surgical repair for the full range of abdominal hernias, including:
- Femoral hernia
- Incisional hernia
- Epigastric hernia
- Paraumbilical hernia
- Umbilical hernia
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair
An inguinal hernia occurs when fatty tissue or part of the bowel pushes through a weak area in the abdominal wall at the top of the groin. More commonly seen in men than women, an inguinal hernia presents as a small lump or swelling in the groin, or as an enlarged scrotum. Although inguinal hernias do not generally cause much pain or problems, repair is recommended as, untreated, they do not heal, will enlarge over time, and can result in serious complications if a section of the bowel becomes trapped (strangulated hernia).
Mr Chopada repairs the majority of inguinal hernias using laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. A number of small incisions are made in the abdomen and a miniature video camera attached to a monitor is inserted through one of the cuts. Using special instruments inserted through the other cuts, Mr Chopada locates the protruding fat and bowel and pushes it back into the correct position. Depending on its size, the defect in the abdominal wall is then repaired either by stitching or with a piece of nylon mesh that is stapled or sewn in place. Patients can leave the hospital once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off and recovery times are quick compared to open hernia surgery.
Open surgery for hernia repair
Laparoscopic surgery is not suitable for every hernia patient. Where a hernia is large, or there are complications such as strangulation, an open procedure may be recommended. Under general or spinal anaesthesia, Mr Chopada correctly positions the bowel and repairs the defect through a single incision, usually 6-10cm long. A laparoscopic procedure may also be converted to an open one if complications arise.
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