General surgery and procedures

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At Practice Plus Group we offer fast access to high quality general surgery and treatment via self-pay, insured and NHS routes.

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General surgery hospitals and surgical centres near you

Types of surgery - general surgery specialities

Explore the different surgical procedures available across Practice Plus Group…

Basal cell carcinoma

These are the most common form of skin cancer and are generally a result of too much exposure to ultraviolet light. Although they are rarely life-threatening, they can cause significant disfigurement if left untreated. They are usually removed during surgery.

EUA of the rectum

Examination Under Anaesthetic (EUA) of the rectum is a means of examining the colon and anal parts of the body using a special instrument in order to diagnose conditions.

Gallbladder surgery

For patients with symptomatic gallstones, it is recommended that the gallbladder is removed surgically, usually via keyhole surgery. This is often performed as a day case.

Hernia repair surgery

This is where an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall. Hernias can occur anywhere in your abdomen, and there are a number of different types - inguinal, femoral, umbilical, incisional and abdominal. Learn more about private hernia repair surgery.

Inguinal hernia

An inguinal or groin hernia is common and occurs mainly, but not only, in men. Fatty tissue or a part of the bowel pokes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall into the inguinal canal, through which blood vessels pass to the testicles. Surgery pushes the bulge back into place and strengthens the abdominal wall. Either keyhole or open surgery can be performed in these cases.

Femoral hernia

A femoral hernia, also a form of groin hernia, is when fatty tissue or part of your bowel pokes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall into the femoral canal, through which blood vessels pass to and from your leg. During surgery, again, the bulge is pushed back into place, and the abdominal wall is strengthened. Either keyhole or open surgery can be performed in these cases.

Incisional hernia

These hernias appear on scars from previous operation and most of the times cause few symptoms. When an operation is needed, it often requires that you’re admitted to hospital for a few days after the procedure.

Recurrent hernia

If a hernia reoccurs it can be more difficult to repair due to scarring from the original surgery.  Either keyhole or open surgery (eventually reopening the old scar) might be used in these cases.

Umbilical hernia

Umbilical hernias are common in adults and result from a weakness in the umbilicus (“belly button”) and usually cause few symptoms. If they become painful or cause problems with activities of daily living, they can be simply repaired surgically.

Surgical skin lesion removal

Benign skin lesion removal is a procedure involving the surgical removal of small skin cysts or lesions. These are usually performed under local anaesthetic, although in some cases general anaesthetic can be recommended. These procedures require that your GP secures funding prior to referral and treatment.

Minor plastic surgery

Surgery is performed to remove unsightly moles, scars, birth marks and cysts that are benign. These are procedures that require your GP to secure funding prior to referral and treatment.

Treatment of anal fistula

This is a small channel that develops between the end of the bowel (rectum or anal canal) and the skin near the anus (“back passage”), frequently after a perianal abscess that didn’t completely heal. Anal fistulae can be painful and frequently bleed or leak cloudy fluid when you go to the toilet. Surgery is commonly required in these cases.

Treatment of anal fissure

Anal fissures are tears on the lining of the anus, usually associated with constipation or episodes of severe diarrhoea. If it becomes chronic, it can be painful and bleed profusely. A range of treatments are available (conservative treatment with ointments, botulin toxin injection or lateral sphincterotomy). Either of these improve the blood supply to the fissure, thereby aiding healing.

Treatment of haemorrhoids

There are various surgical treatments for haemorrhoids (piles), depending on the patient’s particular condition. Rubber band ligation, haemorrhoidal artery ligation and haemorrhoidectomy are some options.

Treatment of pilonidal sinus

A pilonidal sinus is a cystic lesion under the skin, showing with a small hole in the skin, usually at the top of the cleft of the buttocks, where they separate. It can become infected, in which case it  often warrants an urgent operation. If it is recurrently infected or, it becomes symptomatic, it may benefit from elective excision.

Varicose vein stripping

If varicose veins become painful and problematic you may opt to have them treated surgically. Ligation and stripping is a common treatment carried out under general anaesthetic, whereby the affected veins in the leg are tied off and removed. These procedures may require that your GP secures funding prior to referral and treatment.

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Ways to pay

There are 3 ways to access surgery at Practice Plus Group:

  1. Pay for yourself
  2. Private health insurance
  3. NHS referral

Why choose Practice Plus Group?

At Practice Plus Group Hospitals we’re passionate about giving patients a positive experience and excellent clinical outcomes, with personalised care every step of the way. Whether you’re paying for yourself or using private medical insurance, with our short waiting times, unrivalled Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings and high levels of cleanliness and infection control, we’ll make sure you’re looked after. In fact, we were the first provider to have all services rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

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Truly wonderful

I had an op today in Emerson Green and wanted to say how well I was looked after and cared for. Truly wonderful. Thank you

by Laura Steer, Twitter

Above and beyond

Big shout out to Practice Plus Group Plymouth who went above and beyond to make my day case visit today as comfortable as possible, from the day case nurses to all the theatre staff. Special mention to Carly, Cathy, Amy and Elaine(?) nothing was too much trouble!

by Sue Bentley, Twitter

Incredibly slick and super friendly

Despite the most huge system demand, strikes and winter pressures the NHS still carries on, so grateful to Practice Plus Group for looking after me yesterday. You were incredibly slick, super friendly and got the job done!

by Joanna Masters, Twitter

Process was very quick and well organised

The whole process was very quick and well organised from first contact to being discharged. The initial telephone contact allowed me to ask questions and be directed to the clinic which would best suit my needs. Everyone involved was very friendly and quickly put me at ease. I was always explained choices and not pressured into any response. My concerns were fully answered enabling me to feel confident to go ahead. I loved my consultants humour during the procedure keeping me involved and relaxed. My eyesight is amazing now with no need to wear glasses so I’m extremely satisfied.

by Mary Hillman, Google

Tremendous skill, diligence and care

Tremendous skill, diligence and care at this hospital. They deserve their reputation as one of the best facilities in the UK for hip and knee replacements.

by Ian Keys, Google

Superb care

Attended for a colonoscopy, superb care from Siobhan the receptionist through to Kemi, the lady who carried out the procedure and everbody inbetween, such care and dedication rarely seen these days. Thanks to all, you made a daunting afternoon much, much better!!!

by Dianne Keys, Google

Friendly, caring and professional

Attended for cataract surgery and cannot fault the care I received from every single member of staff. Following a warm and friendly welcome at reception, pre surgery checks were carried out in a friendly, caring and professional manner with everything clearly explained – this carried through to the actual procedure where theatre staff were so kind and reassuring.

by Yvonne Akrill, Google

Outstanding

A big thank you to Mr Sadek and his team for the outstanding way they looked after me during my hernia surgery. Everyone was so friendly and polite and looked after me so well. Thank you all of you.

by Richard Lewis, Google

Exceedingly courteous and helpful

Appointments staff exceedingly courteous and helpful getting both my elderly parents booked in for appointments on the same day and directly after each other, for eye surgery.

by Paula Stubbs, Google

Very impressed

Very impressed by this team. All appointments ran to time and all staff empathetic, skilful, kind and friendly. Thank you for all the team who dealt with my hernia surgery yesterday, it was a pleasure to meet you all. Great sense of team work and moral, and all communication and managing of expectations top notch.

by Jon “Jev” Ev, Google

Looked after all way through

The Endoscopy staff were fantastic put me at ease straight away. Dr Patel was so nice and what I thought was going to be a horrible experience wasn’t. Looked after all way through.

by Jane Morgan, Google

Would recommended to everyone

Had hip op recently. Big thanks to Mr Flood..Maria..and all the hospital staff they treated me with care ..respect thank you all for being there for me. Would recommended to everyone.

by Arthur Syson, Google

Service was excellent

The service was excellent and all the staff were kind and considerate and helpful during my stay. It’s never nice having to have a operation but they made the experience a lot better and I was very impressed.

by Alan Cole, Google

Reassuring and kind

All the staff were amazing friendly and helpful. They were understanding, reassuring and kind. The receptionist, the dental surgeon and the dental nurse were all fantastic. I can’t thank you enough for how kind you all were.

by Liberty Davies, Google

From start to finish my treatment by all was amazing

I had a Partial Knee Replace at this hospital on the NHS. From start to finish my treatment by all was amazing. I cannot praise the care I had enough. The nurses are so friendly and caring. The hospital was very clean. A good choice of food. Highly recommend.

by Audrey Hartley, Google

Really felt looked after

Staff were absolutely fantastic, really felt looked after. I was nervous about my procedure and the staff were reassuring and kind.
Procedure was smooth and painless. Many thanks all!

by Hugh Jego, Google

So much care and compassion

I recently had a total knee replacement operation at Shepton Mallett hospital, and there are not enough words to describe what an amazing place it is.
Everyone I came into contact with from the beginning of my referral has been so positive. So much care and compassion, I cannot thank you all enough you are all angels.

by Carol Ison, Google

Could not fault the care, thank you

Had a cystoscope done this morning I could not fault the care and the support from Christopher and the nursing team thank you from an anxious patient.

by Gemma Hopkins, Google

So caring

I found the hospital to be very clean, staff could not be more helpful and Nurses and ward team so caring nothing to much trouble, food first class, would recommend this hospital. Thank you to all the staff.

by John Coulthard, Google

Best experience ever for my hip replacement

I had the best experience ever for my hip replacement. Would highly recommend, thank you to all the staff involved throughout

by Franca

Highly recommend

I highly recommend Practice Plus Group! I had eye surgery yesterday and already can see clearly.

by Dave

Aftercare was brilliant!

I went in for my new hip and was out within 3 days! The aftercare was also brilliant – 10/10!

by Peter

Thank you

I just wanted to thank everyone at your urgent treatment centre, the receptionist was lovely, we were seen very quickly despite it being very busy. Thank you again.

by Natalie Cossar, Facebook

Fabulous practice

I had 2 cataract operations by the same surgeon and she was excellent! Both eyes are now perfect and operations went without a hitch! Aftercare was superb!

by Anonymous, Plymouth

Amazing facility

This was my 2nd time as an inpatient at Barlborough for knee replacement surgery and in my opinion you couldn’t have this surgery at a better place. It is truly outstanding.

by Joy Lesley Wright

Absolutely wonderful

I had a knee replacement in May 2022. I have to say that all of the staff from the consultant, the nursing staff and the entire team were absolutely wonderful.

by Susan Farmer

A big thank you

I had a day case hernia repair yesterday and wish to thank all staff involved. Throughout the experience I felt reassured, fully informed and cared for.

by Kevin

Brilliant in every respect

Very polite and helpful staff at all levels. Friendly consultant who explained everything clearly. Extremely efficient x-ray department and choice of treatments.

by Ann Sturtridge

Brilliant service

I visited this walk in centre today and although there were quite a few people already there I was in and out in 15 minutes. They were very efficient and helpful.

by Anonymous

Amazing staff

Went here as a nervous patient. From the moment I arrived I was made to feel welcome and looked after extremely well. Practice Plus Group staff are just amazing and caring.

by M K

Friendly and highly professional

October 2020 I had total knee replacement, NHS referral. My experience was excellent…everyone was caring, listening and very professional.

by Anonymous

No pain at all

Best dentist I’ve ever been to ! Had to have 2 teeth removed this week ! A very professional team took care of everything!

by Mrs Hazel Showering

Fantastic care

I would recommend Practice Plus Group and would use them again if I need to. So, so grateful to all of them.

by Fran Taylor

Well organised from start to finish

Well organised from start to finish. Staff so friendly & reassuring. Excellent facilities & a really personal service provided.

by John Telcot, NSRF Specialists

Nothing was too much trouble

The staff were so friendly & put me at ease. Lovely clean hospital.

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