Abdominal Surgery

General description of the work Consultant Abdominal Surgeons undertake

The Consultant Abdominal Surgeon is a surgeon who specialises in operations on the abdominal organs – the appendix, the gall bladder (cholecystectomy), the stomach, the duodenum, the pancreas, the small and large intestines (the bowel/gut), the abdominal wall for inguinal, femoral and umbilical hernia repairs.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • Operations involving the gall bladder – laparoscopic cholecystectomy, open cholecystectomy
  • Operations involving the appendix – appendicectomy, delayed diagnosis of appendicitis
  • Hernia repairs – dehiscence of a hernia repair, problems following inguinal or femoral hernia repairs, repairs of abdominal hernias using a mesh
  • Infection following an abdominal operation e.g.. MRSA infection or any type of wound infection.
  • The management of patients with pancreatitis
  • Bowel cancer and operations involving bowel cancer as well as delayed diagnosis of bowel cancer.
  • Endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures.

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

The Abdominal Surgeon may be known simply as a General Surgeon with a special interest in Abdominal Surgery or Bowel Surgery. He/She may be known as a Bowel Surgeon or a Gastro–Intestinal Surgeon.

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Abdominal Surgeon will usually be known as Mr rather than Dr and will have FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) after his/her name.

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Abdominal Surgeon may be a Lecturer or Professor in Surgery at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal College of Surgeons.