RSS Feed http://nicholasboyle.com/home/ Stay up to date Laparoscopic procedures http://nicholasboyle.com/keyhole-surgery/laparoscopic-procedures/ Traditionally in order to gain access to body cavities and internal organs surgeons have made large incisions which involves cutting skin and muscles. This causes disturbances to body physiology and often considerable post operative discomfort and pain.

Laparoscopic or keyhole surgery is designed to be less traumatic to the body, therefore allowing a much more rapid recovery. For instance laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder) often only requires a few hours in hospital whereas following traditional open surgery patients often return home several days later.

Operations are undertaken through tiny holes in the abdominal wall through which a camera and instruments are inserted.
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This is Kent, "Pioneering operation" http://nicholasboyle.com/news-and-articles/pioneering-operation/ Thisiskent.co.uk writes: "A hospital in the town has become the first in the south east to perform a groundbreaking operation to combat severe acid reflux." The link to the full article is below. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:39:40 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/news-and-articles/pioneering-operation/ Gastric banding http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/weight-loss/gastric-banding/ Gastric band surgery is a surgical technique where a band is placed at the top of the stomach, reducing its size and the patient's appetite. This technique is carried out laparoscopically requiring at most one night in hospital. Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:48:45 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/weight-loss/gastric-banding/ http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/my-linx-experience/ Another patient underwent insertion of the LINX® Reflux Management System in April 2013, this is his story. Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:48:05 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/my-linx-experience/ Nicholas Boyle http://nicholasboyle.com/people/nicholas-boyle/ Nick Boyle is a general and laparoscopic surgeon working in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. He trained in Southampton and then at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals in London, and has a Master of Surgery from the University of London. Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:28:48 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/people/nicholas-boyle/ Feedback from Q4 2017 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q4-2017/ Here is patient feedback from the fourth quarter of 2017. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:45:29 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q4-2017/ 1. Definition http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-definition/ This is the commonest type of hernia and approximately 75,000 people undergo surgery to repair these in the United Kingdom every year. 95% occur in men. The primary cause is a weakness in the muscle wall in the groin. Soft tissue, including occasionally parts of the intestine, can then protrude through this weakness. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:56:29 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-definition/ Thank you! http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/confirm-acceptance/thank-you/ Thank you! The office will be in touch shortly. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:01:57 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/confirm-acceptance/thank-you/ Gastric banding http://nicholasboyle.com/results-2/gastric-band-results/ The following data has been collected from Mr Boyle's patients who have undergone insertion of a Swedish adjustable gastric band.

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Sue's Story: Adjustable gastic band surgery from a patient's viewpoint http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/sue-s-story/ After a lot of careful consideration in May 2010 I took the plunge and underwent gastric band surgery. Although personally, I don’t feel this should be entered into lightly as it’s a big step to make for anyone, and it certainly needs considerable thought. Equally it may not suit everyone, but it was the right decision for me. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:44:29 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/sue-s-story/ What are gallstones? http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/gallstones/ 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.
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Feedback from Q3 2017 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q3-2017/ Here is patient feedback from the third quarter of 2017. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:45:17 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q3-2017/ 2. Symptoms http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-symptoms/ Symptoms can vary, but can include the following. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:00:46 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-symptoms/ Hernias http://nicholasboyle.com/results-2/hernia-results/ Outcomes following hernia surgery vary widely. As most surgeons do not publish this there is little information available to allow GP’s and patients to compare surgeons and hospitals. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:05:00 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/results-2/hernia-results/ Dawn's Story: Gastric banding leads to a healthier, happier life http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/dawn-s-story/ Life changing! If you’re thinking of having a Gastric Band (GB) fitted you have probably, like me, tried the 100+ different diet plans on the market, you’ve been in and out of the gym, exercise classes and you’ve bought every quick fix weight loss gadget or tablet going. You may have a mountain of books, DVDs and toning equipment all on weight loss gathering dust. But there you are still with those large lumps and bumps that you can’t face looking at and adding insult to injury your doctors continue to tell you, you are at risk of diabetes, heart disease and/or hip replacements etc.
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Heather Edwards http://nicholasboyle.com/people/heather-edwards/ Heather Edwards is Mr Boyle's medical secretary handling appointments and consultation booking. Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:29:08 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/people/heather-edwards/ Feedback from Q2 2017 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q2-2017/ Here is patient feedback from the second quarter of 2017. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:45:11 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q2-2017/ 3. Tests and diagnosis http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-tests-and-diagnosis/ More often than not a history and physical examination is all that is required to diagnose an inguinal hernia. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:01:43 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-tests-and-diagnosis/ About http://nicholasboyle.com/about/ Mr Boyle has been practising in West Kent and its surrounding area since 2000. He is employed by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and holds out patient clinics at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and undertakes surgical lists at both Maidstone Hospital and the Tunbridge Wells Hospital each month.

He sees private patients at the Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, the private Wells Suite at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury and Sevenoaks Medical Centre with a weekly operating list at the Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

Additional information about the practice and the people...
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Carol's Story: Halving body weight with a gastric band http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/carol-s-story/ I have had a weight problem all my life, even as a child. I have been on one diet or another, calorie counting, liquid, weight watchers, slimming world, every conceivable diet imaginable, Hypnosis, counselling and slimming pills, over the counter and GP prescribed. I would lose a few pounds and then put it back on plus more. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:44:35 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/carol-s-story/ Feedback from Q1 2017 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q1-2017/ Here is patient feedback from the first quarter of 2017. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:45:01 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q1-2017/ 4. Treatment Options http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-treatment-options/ There are various treatment options for inguinal hernias. Here are the principal ones. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:02:07 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-treatment-options/ Claire's Story: A diary of weight loss http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/claire-s-story/ Date of Gastric Band - 11 April 2012
Start Weight - 21 stone 7lb
Clothes Size - 22/24
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Feedback from Q4 2016 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q4-2016/ Here is patient feedback from the fourth quarter of 2016. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:44:54 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q4-2016/ 5. Risks and Benefits http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-risks-and-benefits/ The rationale for surgery is to reduce the symptoms caused by hernias, potential complications from surgery as hernias grow bigger and to remove the unpredictable risk of strangulation. However all options do carry some risk. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:04:04 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-risks-and-benefits/ 6. What to expect http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-what-to-expect/ After referral by your GP you will be contacted directly by our Office. You will be asked a series of questions. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:05:04 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-what-to-expect/ Feedback from Q3 2016 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q3-2016/ Here is patient feedback from the third quarter of 2016. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:42:20 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q3-2016/ 7. Post-Operative Expectations http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-post-operative-expectations/ Recovery following groin hernia surgery these days is rapid. Multiple studies have shown that following laparoscopic operations patients recovery is faster, less post operative discomfort is encountered, requirements for pain killers are lower, resumption of normal activities sooner. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:29:53 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/inguinal-hernias-post-operative-expectations/ Feedback from Q2 2016 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q2-2016/ Here is the patient feedback from the second quarter of 2016. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:39:11 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q2-2016/ Feedback from Q1 2016 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q1-2016/ Patient feedback from the first quarter of 2016. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:30:32 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q1-2016/ Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) + Hiatus Hernia http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/hernia/hiatus-hernia/ Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic condition caused by a reduction in the effectiveness of the barrier between the oesophagus and the stomach. Often there is an associated hiatus hernia but this is not always the case. As a consequence gastric contents, including acid, reflux into the oesophagus causing a myriad of symptoms and sometimes damage to its mucosal lining. Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:51:58 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/hernia/hiatus-hernia/ Inguinal hernia http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/hernia/inguinal-hernia/ This is the commonest type of hernia and most commonly appears as a lump in the groin. These can occur at any time in life from infancy to old age. 95% occur in men and patients often present with a lump in both groins.
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Feedback from Q4 2015 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q4-2015/ Patient feedback from the last quarter of 2015. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:19:27 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q4-2015/ Epigastric hernia http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/hernia/epigastric-hernia/ An epigastric hernia usually develops between the bottom of the ribs and the umbilicus in the mid line. It is caused by a defect in the abdominal wall allowing usually fat, but occasionally other internal organs to herniate below the skin. Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:16:05 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/hernia/epigastric-hernia/ Feedback from Q3 2015 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q3-2015/ Patient feedback from the third quarter of 2015. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:18:19 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q3-2015/ Umbilical hernia http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/hernia/umbilical-hernia/ Umbilical hernias can occur in the newborn and usually resolve on their own by the age of three. In adults hernias near the umbilicus are caused by an underlying defect in the abdominal wall. Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:16:37 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/hernia/umbilical-hernia/ http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/rosemary-s-story/ Rosemary underwent insertion of the LINX® Reflux Management System on 28th November 2012 for symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux this is her condensed story. Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:45:45 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/rosemary-s-story/ Feedback from Q2 2015 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q2-2015/ Here is patent feedback from the second quarter of 2015. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:12:36 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q2-2015/ Femoral hernia http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/hernia/femoral-hernia/ These are relatively rare and account for approximately 3% of all hernias. They occur more commonly in women and rarely in children. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:16:50 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/conditions/hernia/femoral-hernia/ Feedback from Q1 2015 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q1-2015/ Here is patient feedback from the first quarter of 2015. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:02:49 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/q1-2015/ Michael's story http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/michael-s-story/ In February 2018 Michael Wu travelled all the way from China for surgery to treat his symptoms of Reflux. Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:04:41 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/testimonials/michael-s-story/ Terms and Conditions of Use http://nicholasboyle.com/legal/ Here are the legal terms and conditions under which this website is offered for public use. Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:12:13 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/legal/ Feedback for Q4 2014 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q4-2/ Here is patient feedback from the last quarter of 2014. 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Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:23:45 +0000 http://nicholasboyle.com/patient-feedback/feedback-from-q4-2012/ Confirm your understanding http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/confirm-acceptance/ You have now booked your hernia surgery using the One Stop Service and we would like you to confirm that you have read and understood everything that is going to happen. You will now have your unique log on details/password, please enter the details as requested to confirm your consent. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:01:40 +0100 http://nicholasboyle.com/one-stop-hernia-service/confirm-acceptance/