Beacon Hospital’s General Surgery department is home to a number of skilled surgeons with access to the very best in technology and equipment.
General Surgery is the specialist area of colorectal surgery, upper gastrointestinal surgery, breast and endocrine surgery and hepatobiliary (liver, gallbladder and bile ducts).
Our Consultant General Surgeons perform a range of procedures both diagnostic and surgical in order to accurately diagnose and treat the patient’s illness.
Our surgeons are skilled in the area of Endoscopy (Gastroscopy (OGD), Colonoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy etc).
Diagnostics & Next Steps
Your surgeon will discuss the tests required depending on your symptoms. Scans may include Radiology and/or blood tests.
Once your diagnostics have been completed, a treatment plan (where necessary) will be discussed with you. If you do not require further treatment, you will be discharged back into the care of your GP.
Some of the most commonly performed treatments performed by Consultant General Surgeons include, but are not limited to:
Commonly Performed Treatments
An appendectomy is a common procedure performed to remove the patient’s appendix. The appendix is a small tube which is attached to the large intestine. Humans do not need their appendix and sometime the appendix can become infected.
This infection causes acute inflammation called appendicitis. Appendicitis can be very dangerous if let untreated. The best, and permanent treatment for appendicitis, is removal of the appendix.
Gall Bladder Surgery / Cholecystectomy
Cholecystectomy is a surgery which removes the gallbladder. The gall bladder is a small pear-shaped sac beside the bladder that stores bile. Sometimes, gall bladders can be prone to gall stones which is a painful condition.
Gall bladders which are prone to infection may be removed to eliminate the risk of further infections. Sometimes, a patient may develop cancer of the gall bladder. Where this is the case, the gall bladder will be removed.
A hemorrhoidectomy is the surgical removal of haemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are distended veins in the lower rectum or anus.
Inguinal Hernia Repair
An inguinal hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes into the muscles of the groin. The surgical repair of inguinal hernias involves pulling the intestine back into its original location.
A partial colectomy may be required when a patient is suffering from cancer of the colon or long-term ulcerative colitis. In this procedure, the infected/damaged/cancerous portion of the large intestine is removed.
Release of Peritoneal Adhesions
The peritoneum is a double layer membrane which lines the wall of the abdominal cavity and covers abdominal organs. Sometimes, organs may begin to attach themselves to the peritoneum. Where this occurs, surgery is required to detach them.