Mr Nicholas Raoul Francesco Lagattolla

Personal profile

Mr Nicholas Lagattolla trained in Nottingham and then continued all higher surgical training in London at Guy’s and St Thomas' Hospital. He has been a Consultant in general, vascular and endocrine surgery for nearly 14 years at the Dorset County Hospital.

During Mr Lagattolla’s tenure as a consultant surgeon, he has become well recognised locally as a hard-working, expedient, effective and complication-free surgeon.

His particular surgical interests include lower limb ulceration, major open arterial surgery (aortic, carotid and lower limb) and all aspects of surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. He has pioneered two procedures: a temporary extracorporeal venous bypass to aid safe excision of massive retrosternal goitres, and thoracoscopic extraction of ectopic mediastinal parathyroid tumours. Both have been published and he received an NHS 'Gold Award' for the latter procedure.

Mr Lagattolla has been at the forefront of many surgical developments and whilst at Dorset County Hospital he initiated a carotid endarterectomy service in conjunction with the Stroke Physicians. Prior to his appointment, this operation had not been performed locally. He now offers an emergency carotid endarterectomy service for stroke prevention, and performs up to 40 cases per year. He regularly performs open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm, and aorta-iliac bypasses for occlusive disease.

He is proud to have taught many senior grade surgical trainees, and having maintained a largely complication-free practice. He has produced many papers, case reports, presentations and posters over the 15 years he has been in Dorset alone, with more in the pipeline, and thus maintains an academic interest.

He now has a burgeoning interest in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment from ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy to endovenous thermal ablation, encompassing all the modern treatments available.

Professional Memberships

  • The Vascular Society
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • British Medical Association

Clinical Interests

General Surgery:

  • Hernia repair (all types)
  • Skin lesions and skin grafting
  • Lymphadectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Parathyroidectomy 


  • Varicose veins modern treatment methods
  • Open aortic aneurysm surgery
  • Lower limb ulceration
  • Diabetic foot complications

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