An experienced laparoscopic general surgeon offering expert hernia repair in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area.
Mr Douglas Whitelaw is Consultant Bariatric and Pancreatobiliary Surgeon and Clinical Director of Surgery at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He provides private hernia repair at three independent hospitals in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire:
- The Cobham Clinic at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital
- Pinehill Hospital, Hitchin
- Spire Harpenden Hospital
A highly experienced hernia surgeon
Following his graduation from Edinburgh University Medical School, Mr Whitelaw undertook his higher surgical training at a variety of hospitals in London, including the Chelsea and Westminster, Hammersmith Hospital, The Royal Marsden and University College Hospital. He specialises in laparoscopic (keyhole) general surgery, including hernia repair, and has been Consultant Bariatric and Pancreatobiliary Surgeon at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital since 2004, being appointed Clinical Director of Surgery in 2009.
Hernia repair in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Mr Whitelaw provides expert surgical repair of all types of abdominal hernia, including:
- Inguinal hernia
- Femoral hernia
- Umbilical hernia
- Epigastric hernia
- Stomal hernia
- Incisional hernia
- Recurrent hernia
Expert laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair
Most often seen in men, inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia. They occur when part of the bowel pokes through a weakness in the lower abdomen, presenting as a small lump in the groin. If left, there is a chance that the bowel and blood vessels may become trapped, causing the tissue to die, a serious condition known as a strangulated hernia. For this reason, and because they will never get better without intervention, it is always advisable to have an inguinal hernia surgically repaired.
Mr Whitelaw is highly experienced in the latest laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques to repair inguinal hernias including totally extraperitoneal (TEP) hernia repair. This procedure involves putting the bowel back into place and closing the defect in the abdominal wall with mesh through three small incisions without entering the peritoneal cavity, reducing complications such as perforations to the bowel. Compared to open hernia surgery, laparoscopic hernia surgery results in less postoperative pain and quicker recovery times, however it is a skilled procedure as should always be carried out by an experienced specialist surgeon, such as Mr Whitelaw.
Open hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic hernia repair is the treatment of choice for simple and less complex hernias, however in cases of large or recurrent hernias, or in patients with a great deal of abdominal scarring, an open repair carried out through a single large incision may be preferable. Mr Whitelaw is able to offer his expert opinion on which technique would be most suitable in each individual case.
Mr Douglas Whitelaw is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Spire Healthcare
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