BMI Albyn Hospital21-24 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1RW Directions
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Fast assessment and treatment for abdominal concerns
When it comes to upper GI surgery, the most common conditions we see here include gallstone disease, abdominal wall hernias, reflux disease, and bariatric (weight loss) surgery.
With 15 consulting rooms, including a minor operations and treatment room, the hospital has 28 private rooms with en-suite facilities. With a nurse call system, TV and free WiFi, our rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Below, we take a look at some of the most common conditions our patients visit general surgery for here at Albyn Hospital.
If the ultrasound scan picks up gallstones – and your symptoms are suggestive of them, management options would include dietary modifications, such as following a low fat diet or surgery. Ultimately, the definitive treatment would be an operation to remove the gall bladder along with the gallstones.
Before the operation – a laparoscopic cholecystectomy – some basic blood tests may be needed, including liver function tests, to make sure that the stones are within the gall bladder and none have slipped out into the bile duct.
If it looks like the stones are in the bile duct, patients may need some additional imaging and intervention before their gall bladder is taken out.
Gallbladder surgery is usually performed laparoscopically (keyhole) and patients visit BMI Albyn Hospital on the day of gallbladder surgery.
The operation takes about an hour or so, and if everything is straightforward, they usually return home later that day.
With regard to recovery, patients are usually back driving and return to desk-based jobs within two weeks.
Patients will usually present with pain or discomfort and a lump – and in most cases, if it is causing symptoms, the advice would be to fix it, via a surgical procedure.
Depending on the location of the hernia, the size of it and the patient’s general health, the options include an open or a laparoscopic (keyhole) approach. Sometimes, with keyhole surgery, patients recover slightly quicker and, as a consequence of that, will get back to their daily activities sooner.
Usually, these operations can be done as a day case. Sometimes, mesh is used in certain types of hernias; this may be done to reduce the risk of recurrence.
If that fails to control the symptoms or if patients want to avoid taking these medications on a long-term basis, there is an option to consider surgery to prevent reflux. If patients want to explore this option, they will require certain investigations, such as an endoscopy, and physiology assessments of the oesophagus and stomach.
Following this, depending on the tests, patients may be suitable for anti-reflux surgery, where the ‘valve’ between the stomach and the oesophagus is tightened, and this can mean that patient’s reflux improves, and they can stop their medication.
It’s important to recognise that, in addition to weight loss, there is good evidence that this type of surgery will reduce the risk or reverse weight-related health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension.
It is well recognised that people can be successful with a weight loss diet for a few months ahead of a special occasion. However, trying to sustain this long term can be challenging and as a result some people will put the weight back on. For those who experience a yo-yo pattern of weight loss and weight gain, weight loss surgery in Aberdeen may offer them an opportunity to achieve long-term weight loss and reduce the risk of weight-related health problems.
If the patient meets the required criteria, they will be assessed by the weight loss team, which includes, dieticians, psychologists and surgeons. The team will then discuss which weight loss procedure would be most appropriate, and these include surgical and endoscopic interventions.
Endoscopically, a special balloon can be placed into the stomach. It’s a temporary solution, which lasts a year, before it is removed, but it can aid with weight loss. More definitive surgical procedures include sleeve gastrectomy or a gastric bypass.
During that consultation, the consultant will get a feel for their symptoms and how they are affecting a patient’s lifestyle. They will enquire about their general health to ensure that they would be fit enough to have an operation if required.
There is ample opportunity to discuss the intervention and council the patient about the pros and cons, as well as the consequences following surgery, departure and recovery.
BMI Albyn Hospital offers state of the art equipment – in regard to laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.
The hospital has great ward facilities, too, where patients can be monitored carefully.
Patients travel to BMI Albyn Hospital for general surgery from a range of towns and cities, including in around Aberdeen itself, Inverness, the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh and Glasgow, to name just a handful.
If you’re looking for a general surgeon in Albyn, BMI Albyn Hospital provides a wide range of consultant-led appointments. At a glance, here are some reasons why you might want to choose BMI Albyn Hospital for general surgery:
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