General surgery at Benenden Hospital

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 363158.

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.


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.

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

This includes removing cysts or lipomas.

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, 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.

Our Consultants

Mr Hamouda Bariatric Surgeon

Ahmed Hamouda

Consultant Surgeon

Mr Hamouda's specialties include gallstone disease, gallbladder removal & weight loss (bariatrics) surgery.

Mr Abuchi Okaro

Abuchi Okaro

Consultant Surgeon

Mr Okaro's specialties include general surgery, upper GI and bariatric surgery.

Mr Abdul Aal

Yasser Abdul Aal

Consultant General and Emergency Surgeon

Mr Abdul Aal's specialties include gallbladder removal, hernia surgery, advanced upper and gastrointestinal procedures.

Mr Hamade

Ayman Hamade

Consultant Surgeon

Mr Hamade's specialties include colorectal surgery, laparoscopic surgery and general surgery.

Mr Hasan

Fazal Hasan

Consultant General Surgeon

Mr Hasan's specialties include advanced laparoscopic surgery, thyroid surgery and hepatobiliary surgery procedures.

Mr Mangam

Sudhakar Mangam

Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Colorectal Surgeon

Mr Mangam works in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and coloproctology including bowel cancer, haemorrhoids, fissures, fistula and inflammatory bowel disease.

Mr Marzouk

Deya Marzouk

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Mr Marzouk's specialties include general surgery, minimal access surgery, hernia repair and colorectal surgery.

Contact us about general surgery

It's easy to find out more about treatment by giving us a call or completing our enquiry form.

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