General surgery

We provide a wide range of private, general surgery at our CQC rated ‘Outstanding’ hospital. Whether you’re here for an outpatient or inpatient treatment, we’ll make sure you have transparent information on the what, who, when, and where of your procedure that will take place in our calm and healing environment in the heart of Kent.

Our general surgery treatments

Our general surgeons use a wide range of knowledge and skills to deal with a variety of conditions, though they mainly focus on abdominal problems.

See our guides below for details of our treatments and view the general surgery section of our pricing page for details of costs, or call our Private Patient Team on 01580 242521.

Other conditions which can be treated with general surgery

We also offer consultation, diagnosis and treatment for the following:

Abdominal pain

There are many causes of abdominal pain, from the dull ache of period cramps to the sharper pains you might feel if you have indigestion. You might also get stomach pain if you’re lactose intolerant, have a hernia, gallstones, or appendicitis.

Acid reflux

Acid reflux can be caused by many things, including certain food and drink, being overweight, stress or anxiety or even some medicines such as ibuprofen. If you have acid reflux, you may find you suffer with heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth, caused by the acid.

Anaemia

There are many causes of anaemia, where you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen around your body. Your symptoms might include a lack of energy, heart palpitations, a shortness of breath or dizziness. We can perform a simple blood test to check whether you’re anaemic or not.

Colonic bleeding

Also known as rectal bleeding, this is where you bleed from the colon, rectum or anus as a result of an anal fissure, diverticulitis, haemorrhoids or polyps. Haemorrhoids are the most common cause of colonic bleeding.

Dysphagia

This is when you have difficulty swallowing certain foods or drinks or can’t swallow at all. We can advise on which treatment would best suit you – from exercises to help the muscles you use for swallowing, changing the foods you eat, to medicines or surgery.

Excision of lumps and lesions (except for anal polyps or fissures)

This includes removing cysts or lipomas.

Haemorrhoidectomy

Haemorrhoids are enlarged blood vessels, which can form around your back passage. They can be internal, where the rectum joins the anus or external on the outside of the anal passage.

Heartburn

This is a pain in your chest, behind your breastbone, caused by stomach acid travelling back up towards your throat. You might find that the pain is worse after eating, or in the evening.

Hydrogen breath test for lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. If you’re lactose intolerant you might find you suffer with diarrhoea, cramping or bloating. During the breath test you’ll be asked to drink liquid which contains lactose, then blow into balloon-like bags at short intervals. The air you breathe out will be tested for hydrogen, which indicates undigested lactose in your gut.

Nausea

Nausea, or feeling sick, usually goes away on its own. If your nausea lasts for more than a few days, or keeps coming back, you should seek medical advice.

Open hernia repair

A hernia develops from a weakness in your abdominal wall, allowing your abdominal tissues to push into a gap between the muscles.

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