Mr Robert Hicks

Personal profile

Mr Rob Hicks has been a General and Vascular Surgeon at Northampton General Hospital since 2000. He qualified at St Thomas’s Hospital, London in 1989. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeon in England in 1993 . His higher Surgical Training in Vascular and General Surgery took place in North West Thames, based mainly at Charing Cross Hospital. Whilst a Lecturer in Surgery at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, he undertook a period of research in Vascular surgery and completed his MS higher degree.

He completed a Vascular Fellowship in Adelaide, South Australia at the Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation Hospital.

His work is divided between NHS commitments at Northampton General Hospital, and his private practice at the BMI Three Shires Hospital. He has a keen interest in Day case, Laparoscopic and Local anaesthetic surgery and has been Trust Lead for Day surgery for several years. His clinical practice is divided between major vascular surgery and day case surgery.

The Vascular Surgery workload, includes open and endovascular aortic aneurysm surgery, carotid endarterectomy and peripheral bypass. He has a regular access list for renal patients requiring an arteriovenous fistula for dialysis and is part of the multidisciplinary team caring for the foot complications associated with diabetes. He has extensive experience in the management of venous conditions, including varicose veins and regularly performs a wide range of techniques including VNUS, Laser surgery, microsclerotherapy for thread vein and foam sclerotherapy.

The General Surgery workload is principally day surgery, comprising of lumps and bumps, hernia repair in adults and children, including laparoscopic and open repair, under local or general anaesthetic. Increasingly day surgery is performed laparoscopically, including gallbladder removal, hernia repair, incisional hernia repair and appendicectomy.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Surgeons (England) 
  • The Vascular Society
  • European society of Vascular Surgery
  • Association of Surgeons (Great Britain and Ireland)
  • British Association of Day Surgery

Clinical Interests

General & Vascular Surgery  

General procedures including :

  • Hernia surgery - laparoscopic and open repair. Local and General anaesthetic techniques
  • Sportsman groin, Inguinal hernia, Femoral hernia, Spigelian hernia, Incisional hernia
  • Surgery for gallstones,laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Removal of skin lesions/cysts under local anaesthetic

Vascular procedures including :

  • Varicose Veins and thread veins, VNUS, Laser (EVLT), open surgery, foam sclerotherapy and microsclerotherapy
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) both open procedure and endovascular repair, Carotid Endarterectomy for TIA and Stroke, Treatments for excessive sweating - Botox, ETS (sympathectomy).

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