Services and treatments at The Lister Hospital

Total abdomen

Clinical Department

Total abdomen


The Total Abdomen team is comprised of the 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 groin hernias to complex redo incisional hernias and abdominal wall tumours. The fusion of plastic and general surgeons provides patients with a comprehensive service managing both the abdominal contents and the overlying soft tissues. This has translated into audited and published exceptional outcomes and clearly demonstrates that the team is the leading provider of abdominal wall surgery in the UK.

As well as delivering innovative techniques, the team utilises state of the art prosthetic materials including latest generation biological and plastic prostheses.


For enquiries and appointments with the Total Abdomen team:

t: +44 (0)20 7730 7733


For enquiries and appointments with the Total Abdomen team:

t: +44 (0)20 7730 7733

Contact Name

Mr Arjun Shankar, Consultant General Surgeon

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  • abdominal wall reconstruction
  • abdominoplasty
  • excision of abdominal wall tumours
  • groin hernias
  • keyhole repair of midline and groin hernias
  • management of infected mesh/complex wound infections
  • management of the open abdomen/laparostomy
  • management of bowel complications in the abdominal wall
  • post pregnancy reconstruction
  • recurrent hernia surgery for both midline and groin
  • repair of incisional hernias.


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