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General surgeons have an extensive set of skills to perform a broad scope of elective surgeries.

Bowel problems such as diarrohea and constipation can often cause abdominal pain. But sometimes your stomach pain can be caused by other health issues. Every year, there are estimated 600,000 emergency admissions with general surgeons in the UK. More than half of these admissions are for abdominal pain. 

Sudden and severe abdominal pain can be alarming, and a sign of a more serious condition. The NHS reveals sudden and agonising abdominal pain might be triggered by endometriosis, gallbladder inflammation or an abdominal hernia.  

We are proud to facilitate specialist general surgeons who can help assess your symptoms and maintain your abdominal health. Our Consultants general surgeons use different diagnostic tests to investigate your abdominal pain.

If left untreated, some abdominal conditions can lead to vicious cycle of further pain, abdominal bloating and potential health complications. 

These conditions include: 

  • Acute cholecystitis: This is also known as inflammation of your gallbladder, and occurs when gallstones (small stones in your gallbladder) block your cyst duct (your gallbladder’s main opening). It can lead to persistent and sharp abdominal pain in the right side of your abdomen. Gallbladder removal surgery can prevent acute cholecystitis from recurring.  
  • Inguinal hernias: This type of hernia most affects men. It occurs when a part of your intestine bulges through your abdominal wall and into your groin (inner thigh area).  
  • Bowel polyps: These are small growths that can develop on your colon’s (large intestine) lining. If left untreated, some polyps can become cancerous. Polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy.  
  • Haemorrhoids: Haemorrhoids are lumps that can form inside and around your bottom. You can receive sclerotherapy (injections) to shrink your piles. But if your piles do not respond to these treatments, you may be advised to have a haemorrhoidectomy.  

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

During a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery), small incisions are made on your abdomen. A tube is inserted through one of these incisions to inflate your stomach, and give your surgeon access to your gallbladder. A laparoscope (a tube containing a camera and light) is inserted into another incision to examine your abdomen. Specialist equipment is then inserted into your other incisions to remove your gallbladder.


Your surgeon will pass a colonoscope (flexible tube) into your bottom and up to your bowel. A wire will be attached to the colonoscope — your surgeon will pass an electric current through this wire to cut or burn off your polyps. These methods do not cause any pain.

Laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernia

A laparoscopy can be used to repair a hernia. During the procedure, small incisions are made on your abdomen. A laparoscope (a tube with a light and camera) is inserted into one of your incisions. This allows your surgeon to view the inside of your abdomen. Your surgeon will pass specialist instruments into your other incisions to place your hernia back into its correct place .


Haemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove haemorrhoids. Your surgeon will remove your haemorrhoids by the cutting them out. You will receive stitches to prevent bleeding, and the procedure typically takes twenty minutes.  

Booking your treatment for abdominal pain with us depends on your condition and recommended treatment option. 

To get started, you can easily book your consultation online with one of our many experienced general surgeons. You can also book your consultation by calling +44 141 300 5009.

To familarise yourself with other abdominal treatments, please head to our treatments page. This can provide you with more insight about treatments offered by our team. 

At your consultation, you will receive important diagnostic testing and the appropriate treatment for you will be discussed.

Specialists Offering General surgery

Mr Anupam Dixit

Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

MB BS, MRCS, MS, FRCS (General Surgery)

BMI Goring Hall Hospital 1 more BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Howard Joy

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS BSc FRCS(General Surgery)

BMI The Priory Hospital

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Mr John Bunni

Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon

M.B., Ch.B (Honours), Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery, FRCS [ASGBI Gold Medal]

BMI Bath Clinic

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Dr Benjamin Colleypriest

Consultant Gastroenterologist & General Physician


BMI Bath Clinic

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Mr Adeel Bajwa

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon


BMI The Meriden Hospital

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Professor Irfan Ahmed

Consultant Laparoscopic and HPB Surgeon

MBBS, MSc (Surgery), FCPS (Surgery), FRCSEng, MD, FRCS (HPB)

BMI Albyn Hospital

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