A Leicester-based laparoscopic surgeon offering expert treatment for all types of abdominal hernia, including inguinal hernia, femoral hernia and incisional hernia.
Mr Gavin Robertson is Consultant Laparoscopic and Hepatobiliary Surgeon at Leicester General Hospital. He offers private hernia surgery at two independent hospitals in Leicester:
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- Spire Leicester Hospital
- The Leicester Nuffield Hospital
Areas covered for hernia surgery in the East Midlands
Based in Leicester, Mr Robertson's private practice is easily accessible from the surrounding towns and cities of the East Midlands, including Coventry, Rugby, Kettering, Northampton, Derby, Nottingham and Warwick.
An experienced laparoscopic hernia surgeon in Leicester and East Midlands
With extensive specialist training at national and international centres, Mr Robertson is a highly skilled and experienced laparoscopic (keyhole) surgeon. He offers repair of all types abdominal hernia, including complex and revision cases, and has performed over 4000 procedures to date.
Types of hernia treated by Mr Gavin Robertson
An abdominal hernia occurs when the internal contents of the abdomen such as intestine, fat or blood vessels, protrude through a weakness in the muscle wall. Usually presenting as a visible lump or swelling that disappears when pushed or when a person lies down, hernias tend not to be an immediate threat to health. Prompt surgical repair is always recommended, however, as they do not have the capacity to heal themselves, and if left may become too big to push back in. In these cases the blood supply to the affected piece of gut may become restricted leading to serious medical complications (strangulated hernia).
Mr Robertson offers expert repair of the full range of hernias affecting the abdominal wall, including:
Appearing as a lump or swelling in the groin or scrotum, inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia affecting around 25% of men and 3% of women. The risk of incurring an inguinal hernia increases with age and is also associated with obesity, having long-term constipation and doing a lot of heavy lifting.
Less common than inguinal hernias, femoral hernias also occur in the groin, but more usually in women than men. Due to their anatomical position, they are more likely to become strangulated and should be treated at the earliest opportunity.
Occurring after roughly 10% of abdominal surgical procedures, incisional hernias appear in the site of a surgical scar.
Umbilical hernias occur when there is a weakness in the muscle layer in or around the belly button. Usually a childhood disorder that disappears in time, umbilical hernias can occur in adults, often as the result of pregnancy or obesity.
Laparoscopic hernia repair in Leicester and East Midlands
Mr Robertson repairs the majority of hernias laparoscopically. Using specially designed instruments introduced into the abdomen through small incisions, he is able to reposition the protruding gut and tissues and secure them with a mesh inserted inside the inner layer of the abdominal wall. Recovery from laparoscopic hernia surgery is usually very quick, with many patients able to go home the same day.
Gavin Robertson is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Health and Spire Healthcare
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