Services and treatments at The Lister Hospital

General surgery

Clinical Department

General surgery


General Surgery is an area of specialty that focuses on the upper and lower gastrointestinal regions and vascular system.

The Lister Hospital offers a range of surgery, including hernia repairs and varicose vein surgery, through to complex gastrointestinal, colorectal and liver procedures.
General surgeons at The Lister Hospital focus on resolving problems with:

  • abdominal pain
  • appendicitis
  • gallstones
  • hernia (including complex hernia and reconstruction of the Abdominal Wall)
  • intestines (including oesophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small bowel, colon, rectum and anal canal, and bile ducts)
  • sarcoma 
  • thyroid and other endocrine glands

General surgeons also perform minor surgical procedures for patients with skin lesions, hernias and varicose veins.

What type of surgery will be performed?

Wherever possible, our general surgeons perform laparoscopic procedures which are minimally-invasive, thereby facilitating the recovery process for their patients. This technique is also known as keyhole surgery.

Some surgeons are also able to offer Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), whereby surgery is performed through the belly button and offers minimal scaring.

Types of general surgery can include:

  • Weight Loss Surgery, also known as Bariatric Surgery
  • Hernia Repair, for Inguinal and Umbilical Hernias
  • Vascular Surgery, for Varicose Veins and Carotid Artery Disease
  • Removal of Gallstones
  • Trans-anal Microsurgery (TAMIS) for rectal polyps and early rectal cancers

How long will I be in hospital?

You may be required to stay for day surgery, or overnight, depending on the type of procedure you are undergoing. Your consultant will advise you of your expected length of stay, prior to your surgery.

The Lister Hospital continuously reinvests in the latest cutting-edge technology, ensuring that our patients receive the highest standard of care available. Depending on the procedure you are having, this may allow surgeons to use less invasive methods and so recovery times are significantly improved.


Book an appointment with a General surgeon, either at:

  • HCA Sydney Street: +44 (0)20 3733 9623
  • The Lister Hospital or Chelsea Outpatient Centre: +44 (0)20 7730 8298
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