Questions about conditions and operations

Answers To Your Questions

What are gallstones?

Gallstones are small stones, normally made of cholesterol that reside in the gallbladder. They can cause significant pain and complications.

Do I need an operation for my gallstones?

Not necessarily! If you have minimal symptoms or complications of gallstones, they can be treated conservatively. If you are treated conservatively, you will be recommended a low fat diet, and will have the stones for the rest of your life.

What is a hernia?

A hernia is a hole or defect in your muscle, that can contain a bit of fat or bowel. They can cause significant symptoms or complications if left untreated

Do I need an operation for my hernia?

Not always. It depends on your symptoms, hernia size and you medical history. If you have a small hernia, with minimal symptoms, or have significant medical issues, then conservative management is appropriate.

Can I have keyhole surgery for my hernia?

Groin or inguinal hernias can be treated either with a traditional open approach or with laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. The choice of approach should be discussed in detail with Mr. Lewis at your initial consultation.

What will my recovery be like?

Mr. Lewis is passionate about same day surgical care, and together with you, will design a personalised recovery plan to optimise your post operative recovery. This is especially important for sportsmen and women.

What are the risks of surgery?

No operation or procedure is without risk. The general risks of surgery include pain, infection, bleeding, damage to other structures, blood clots and risks of general anaesthetic. Each operation has specific risks as well, which can be seen in patient information. Most complications are very rare, and Mr. Lewis will spend time in your consultation discussing these and reassuring you.

Will my insurance cover my visit?

Mr. Lewis is registered with all the major insurance companies, and approval should be obtained before the visit