• It's all about you

    Every patient is different, so we give you the care and surgery to suit you. Restoring you and making sure you are back doing the things you want to do.

It's all about you

Every patient is different, so we give you the care and surgery to suit you. Restoring you and making sure you are back doing the things you want to do.

Total Abdomen

The Total Abdomen team at the Lister Hospital in Chelsea, is comprised of a number of private consultants who run the abdominal wall service between Royal Free and University College hospitals - some of the leading NHS trusts in the UK.

What makes the Total Abdomen service so unique is the multidisciplinary approach to the management of the abdominal wall, coupled with the largest experience of abdominal wall reconstruction in published literature.

The unit treats all types of abdominal wall pathology ranging from abdominal hernias and groin hernias to more complex conditions such as redo incisional hernias and also abdominal wall tumours. The fusion of plastic and general surgeons provides patients with a comprehensive service managing both the abdominal conditions and the overlying soft tissues. This has translated into audited and published exceptional outcomes for patients and clearly demonstrates that the team is the leading provider of abdominal wall surgery in the UK.

Clinic Contacts

The Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Road
London SW1W 8RH

Appointments

t: 0207 034 8266

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t: 020 7730 7733

Email

listergpliaison@hcahealthcare.co.uk

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Abdominal Wall Treatments

When a wound in the abdominal wall does not heal well an abdominal hernia can result. This can lead to protuberance of the underlying intestine through the defect, which may be very large indeed. These abdominal hernia cases need careful evaluation and may require the input of a team of surgeons consisting of general / abdominal surgeons and plastic surgeons.

Mr Arjun Shankar and Mr David Floyd, who lead the unit, are recognised national and international experts in abdominal wall pathology and their partnership of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery leads to both a strong and cosmetically excellent outcome. This partnership of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery leads to both a strong and cosmetically excellent outcome for Total Abdomen patients.

This partnership of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery leads to both a strong and cosmetically excellent outcome.

Abdominal wall reconstruction

If a hernia requires extensive soft tissue management as well as intra-abdominal surgery this is then termed an Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR). In order to do this safely and to produce world class results, operations at Total Abdomen involve both a general and plastic surgeon who operate together on both the abdominal contents, abdominal muscles and the overlying soft tissues.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, with a hip to hip scar hidden in the ‘bikini line’. A slimmer waistline and improved body contour results, as well as a firmer abdomen. During the procedure, and if appropriate, the abdominal wall muscles may be tightened or repaired.

Aesthetic plastic surgery for the abdominal wall

Total Abdomen surgeons fuse aesthetic plastic surgery with general surgery providing a comprehensive service to our patients; Affording a functional and aesthetic repair for all aspects of abdominal wall pathologies from simple groin hernias to major abdominal wall reconstructions / cosmetic procedures.

Abdominal wall tumours

If an abdominal wall tumour requires surgical treatment a team of multi-discipline Total Abdomen surgeons provide a comprehensive service to our patients. Mr Arjun Shankar and Mr David Floyd lead the team at the Lister Hospital removing such tumours in order to achieve excellent oncological outcomes and expert abdominal wall reconstruction for long term functional recovery.

Recurrent incisional hernias

Repair of recurrent incisional hernias ranges from a laparoscopic approach for small defects through to a formal abdominal wall reconstruction. The key is to get the first repair performed by a hernia specialist because the more times the hernia is repaired the less the chance of long term success. Surgeons at the Total Abdomen unit of the Lister Hospital specialise in this type of abdominal wall reconstruction.

Post pregnancy abdominal wall

After pregnancy, many women find that they suffer with split stomach muscles known as diastasis recti. The combination of this diastasis recti and soft tissue redundancy, often coupled with a midline hernia, requires a surgical solution. Total Abdomen surgeons usually resect the redundant soft tissues, re-approximate the midline muscles and repair any hernia. This may involve a mini tummy tuck or an abdominal wall repair.

Recurrent hernia surgery

A conventional open or non-keyhole approach to repairing recurrent groin hernias involves reopening the old scar and placing a mesh over the defect. This can be done as a day case but may require an overnight stay. The re-do may also apply a different technique, with the mesh placed in a different layer of the abdominal wall but is most often repaired laparoscopically.

Meet the Team

Clinic Contacts

The Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Road
London SW1W 8RH

Appointments

t: 0207 034 8266

Switchboard

t: 020 7730 7733

Email

listergpliaison@hcahealthcare.co.uk

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