Here at West Valley Hospital we offer local and convenient outpatient appointments with expert consultant general surgeons, on-site diagnostic services and access to other specialists as required.
We routinely perform surgery for patients suffering from hernias, polyps, gallstones, appendicitis, anal fissures and haemorrhoids. Keyhole surgery is recommended when appropriate for a less invasive approach and faster recovery.
Hernia repair surgery returns a displaced tissue or organ to its proper position and closes up and strengthens the weakened area through which the hernia came out. It can relieve hernia pain. Hernia repair is a day surgery and is one of the most commonly performed operations.
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A haemorrhoidectomy is an operation to remove piles, also known as haemorrhoids. Piles are soft fleshy swellings inside and around your back passage caused by enlarged blood vessels. They are associated with increased pressure of your blood vessels such as straining on the toilet and pregnancy. Haemorrhoids may show no symptoms or they can be painful, itchy and may bleed easily.
A haemorrhoidectomy is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and takes about twenty minutes. Your surgeon will either cut away your haemorrhoids or use a staple gun to reduce their blood supply so that they shrink. Your surgeon will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment option for your haemorrhoids.
A lateral anal sphincterotomy is performed to treat an anal fissure. An anal fissure is a common problem where the skin around your anus becomes torn or split. It’s often caused when you are constipated, passing hard stools or in childbirth. An anal fissure can be very painful, especially after a bowel movement and it can cause bleeding.
Most often, an anal fissure will heal quickly, but if not then surgery may be the best option for you. A lateral sphincterotomy is performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately fifteen minutes. Your surgeon will make a small cut to the ring of muscle surrounding your anal canal (sphincter) to reduce the tension and increase the blood supply to this area and to allow healing of your fissure.
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