Listed below are the more common conditions Nick treats along with the signs and symptoms of each condition with treatment options, risks and recovery times.
Hernias are amongst the most common conditions treated by surgeons. In the UK alone approximately 75,000 people undergo surgical repair of groin hernias every year.
Hernias can occur all over the body but most commonly affect the abdomen. They are usually caused by weakness in the muscle layer of the abdominal wall which allows an organ, which should remain within the abdominal cavity, to migrate through the weakness to a part of the body in which it should not usually be present.
Gallstones form in the gall bladder which is a small "purse-like" organ sitting under the liver in the right side of the upper abdomen. It's main job is to collect bile which is formed in the liver and then release it into the gut, particularly after the ingestion of fatty foods.
Gallstones are extremely common and 10% of women in their 40's are affected.
In the UK approximately 30% of the population suffer from symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease and a quarter of these seek medical help. Over 1 1/2 million people require long term medication including powerful antacid proton pump inhibitor drugs.
Over 1/2 millon people in the UK suffer from persistent symptoms despite medical treatment.
The LINX® Reflux Management System, also known as LINX® System, offers a new treatment option for Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), reducing reflux and eliminating symptoms through a simple, reversible procedure.
If you have struggled to maintain your weight using diet and exercise alone, have tried the anti-obesity drugs to no avail, then you may be considering a surgical solution to lose weight.
Colonoscopy is the endoscopic examination of the large bowel and the distal part of the small bowel with a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus. It may provide a visual diagnosis (e.g. ulceration, polyps) and grants the opportunity for biopsy or removal of suspected lesions. Once polyps are removed, they can be studied with the aid of a microscope to determine if they are precancerous or not.
A colonoscopy allows an examination of the entire colon (measuring four to five feet in length).
A diagnostic endoscopic procedure that visualizes the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract up to the duodenum. It is considered a minimally invasive procedure since it does not require an incision into one of the major body cavities and does not require any significant recovery after the procedure.