General Surgery

At BMI The Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury, our experienced consultant general surgeons can help diagnose, treat or manage your symptoms to improve your quality of life.

General surgery is a wide-ranging area of medicine. It focuses in particular on the abdominal area. Our general surgeons have an extensive set of skills and knowledge in order to carry out a variety of elective and semi-elective procedures.

Why go private for general surgery?

At BMI The Chaucer, we see patients with symptoms that are not life-threatening – for example weight loss, indigestion or bloating - but are nonetheless having a negative impact on their quality of life. We're here to help you feel better, sooner.

If you have private medical insurance, your policy may cover the cost of your procedure.

If you want to pay for your treatment, we offer two flexible finance options to help you spread the cost over a period that suits you.

What treatments do you offer?

Some of the most common procedures performed by our consultant general surgeons are:

Hernia repair

Hernias are very common and occur when a part of your intestine or fatty tissue pokes through into your groin or abdominal area.

Surgical hernia repair takes many forms and our specialist consultants can advise you on the best option based on your individual needs.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

The impact of gallstones varies from person to person. In some instances, patients will require the full removal of their gallbladder.

Our Consultant General Surgeons can often perform this surgery using a minimally invasive procedure called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (‘lap chole’). Laparoscopic surgery is often referred to as ‘keyhole surgery’.

Abscess incision and drainage

Abscesses can form anywhere on the body and, in some instances, cause severe discomfort and make patients very unwell. If an abscess poses health complications it will be incised and drained. The severity of the abscess will dictate your recovery time following this procedure.

Varicose vein treatment

Our Consultant Vascular Surgeon will advise the best treatment for your varicose veins, depending on their severity and your general health. It may be that your procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic on a walk-in walk-out basis.

Other treatment areas we offer include:

  • Fissures, fistulas and haemorrhoids
  • Breast surgery
  • Benign lumps and bumps removal
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Vascular surgery

Why come to BMI The Chaucer Hospital?

At BMI The Chaucer Hospital’s general surgery department you can expect:

  • Rapid access to an appointment with a consultant of your choice – usually within 48 hours
  • Support from a multidisciplinary team of specialists
  • Access to a range of diagnostic facilities
  • Excellent care and support throughout your treatment journey with us
  • An enhanced recovery programme (ERP) to help ensure a speedy recovery and get you back to normal life as soon as possible