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Private General Surgery at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

Our experienced private Consultant General Surgeons at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital can help evaluate, treat and manage a comprehensive range of conditions aimed at getting you back on your feet sooner.

General surgery is a broad and complex subject. We train our advisers to guide you to the correct department and specialist depending on your complaint and provide convenient appointments around your schedule.

The hospital is ideally placed for patients in Ayrshire and further afield. BMI has equipped it for a wide range of local anaesthetic procedures, such as removing cysts and piles (haemorrhoids).

Your consultant can also refer general anaesthetic procedures such as hernia repairs and gallbladder removal to our sister hospital – BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow – where they will operate.

We offer consultant-led care every step of the way, alongside expert nursing care and administrative staff who are dedicated to improving your quality of life as quickly as possible.

The term general surgery suggests operations of all kinds, and to a certain extent, that’s true. However, the procedures are mainly concerned with the abdominal area, upper and lower GI (gastrointestinal) tracts, the bowel and minor lumps and bumps around the trunk/torso. It also covers investigations such as an endoscopy/gastroscopy or colonoscopy.

Abdominal wall procedures, such as hernia repairs, are commonly performed. A hernia occurs when part of your bowel or a fatty body tissue pushes through your stomach in a weakened area.

Our Consultant General Surgeons offer open or keyhole (laparoscopic) hernia repairs when they occur around the belly button (umbilical hernia) and in the groin (inguinal or femoral hernias). They also treat upper gastric hernias, which happen when the top part of your stomach moves up your chest and through the diaphragm (hiatus hernias) causing substantial acid reflux.

Gallbladder surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) for gallstones is another regular keyhole operation that is often carried out as a day-case procedure.

Our Consultant General Surgeons, who specialise in the lower GI tract and colorectal surgery, regularly see patients experiencing piles/haemorrhoids and can provide appropriate treatment and surgery. Haemorrhoid banding is the most common procedure performed. Your surgeon tightens an elastic band around the piles, cutting off the blood supply, causing them to fall off.

In addition to the above, all our Consultant General Surgeons can diagnose and remove lumps containing fat cells (lipomas) or cysts under local anaesthetic (medicine to relieve pain).

The outpatient clinic at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital is equipped for general surgery procedures requiring a local anaesthetic. Procedures include banding of haemorrhoids, removal of non-cancerous (benign) skin lesions, epidermoid cysts, lipomata, skin tags and moles, and treatment for ingrown toenails.

Your general surgeon will advise whether your operation requires local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic and therefore needs a referral to our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. All surgery that needs to be carried out at Ross Hall Hospital is performed by the same consultant you saw initially at Carrick Glen Hospital. You can also return to Carrick Glen for post-surgery wound checks, stitch removals, and follow up appointments.

It’s easy to make an appointment with our private Consultant General Surgeons at a time that’s convenient to you – during the day or in the evening.

We accept GP referrals and most of our specialists are also happy to see patients who self-refer.

Appointments can be made through our website or by calling the hospital on 01292 288882. We work with all the major private medical insurance companies and have fixed self-pay packages for those wishing to pay for themselves.

You’re assured of a warm greeting from our receptionists when you arrive. You’ll take a seat in the waiting area, while they advise the consultant of your arrival. Your consultant will come and lead you into their clinic.

Your skilled consultant general surgeon will talk to you about your medical history and give you the time you need to explain your concerns and the problem to date.

They will usually proceed with a physical examination of the tummy (abdomen) or your area of pain, with a chaperone present, before providing a diagnosis and explanation of further investigations or treatment.

We can perform blood tests and imaging such as x-ray and ultrasound at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital. Your consultant may also organise a CT scan (computerised tomography) or MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging) at Ross Hall Hospital.

Should surgery be required at Ross Hall Hospital, your consultant can provide you with a possible date and the theatre bookings team will then contact you to confirm and provide full admission details.

If you require an endoscopy (also known as a gastroscopy) or a colonoscopy, your surgeon will carry this out in Ross Hall Hospital’s endoscopy unit. 

An upper GI endoscopy is a procedure where the consultant inserts a long, flexible tube with a camera and light at the end (endoscope) down your throat to see the inside of your body on a TV screen. 

A colonoscopy uses a similar tube to check inside your bowels. The flexible tube is inserted into your rectum and up your colon.

Endoscopies and colonoscopies are normally carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation.

Other surgical procedures, including hernia repairs, gallbladder removal and haemorrhoid banding, are carried out in Ross Hall Hospital’s main theatres under general anaesthetic.

At your preoperative assessment, your pre-op nurse will carry out necessary checks such as your blood pressure and advise you when you should start fasting for your procedure.

On the day of your surgery, you’ll see your Consultant General Surgeon and your Anaesthetist, who’ll administer and monitor your heart during the procedure.

After your surgery, you’ll be transferred to the recovery department, where you’ll come round from your anaesthetic before being taken back to your private bedroom to recover. You may be discharged later that day or the following day, depending on when your consultant deems appropriate.

You’ll return to Carrick Glen Hospital for a wound check by our friendly nurses approximately a week after surgery. They’ll remove the dressing and redress the wound. You’ll also attend your follow-up appointments with your consultant back at Carrick Glen Hospital.

When you’re living with abdominal pain, and it’s getting in the way of your life, you don’t want to wait for diagnosis and treatment. At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, we have no waiting lists.

We offer you immediate access to a Consultant General Surgeon with the diagnostics and correct treatments to hand that will help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible.

Our private consultant general surgeons are highly skilled medical professionals, who are proud to deliver second-to-none healthcare, alongside our expert teams of anaesthetists and caring nurses.


  • Whether your GP has referred you or you are self-referring, our experienced consultants provide a lengthy and in-depth assessment where you’re never rushed.

  • We offer flexible appointments, often at short notice, with diagnostics and treatment quickly following.

  • The hospital is clean, modern, and comfortable, with all the facilities and latest technologies we need to ensure the best outcome for you.

  • You can choose either open surgery or keyhole surgery depending on your condition.

  • Many treatments can be done as day cases, so you’re able to go home quickly.

  • Overnight stays occur in comfortable, private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, television and WiFi.

Specialists offering General Surgery

Mr Sanjeet Bhattacharya

Consultant General & Breast Surgeon

MBBS, MS(Gen.Surgery), FRCS Glasg(General Surgery)

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital

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Mr Arijit Mukherjee

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

MBBS, FRCSI, FRCS (General Surgery)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital 1 more BMI Carrick Glen Hospital

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Mr Amir Hussain

Consultant General Surgeon


BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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