THE CLINIC

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THE GALLBLADDER CLINIC

We are a group of three specialist consultant surgeons who work closely together. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive and bespoke service for the management of gallstones. By working together, we are able to offer very prompt treatment at a time that suits you. Our clinics are based in Birmingham and Worcestershire and provide state of the art treatment of gallstones and gallbladder conditions in accredited private hospitals. We are recognised by all major insurance companies and, for those without insurance our affordable packages of care make gallbladder surgery readily accessible.

OUR SPECIALISTS

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Mr Max Almond

Birmingham Based Consultant Surgeon

Mr Almond works as an NHS Consultant Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham. He is a specialist in treating patients with gallstones and gallbladder pathology and regularly performs cholecystectomy with or without intra-operative cholangiography. He performs advanced keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery for gallstone disease but is also highly skilled at open gallbladder surgery.

Mr Almond also performs highly specialist endoscopic treatment for gallstones that have migrated into the bile ducts. He is the only surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to provide this service. This procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) enables removal of bile duct stones without the need for surgical incisions in the abdomen. He received specialist training in this procedure whilst on Fellowships to Harvard University, Boston; the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, US.

Mr Almond completed subspecialty training in upper gastrointestinal and pancreaticobiliary surgery and then gained further specialist experience in abdominal and retroperitoneal sarcoma surgery through additional Fellowships to the Istitutio Dei Tumori, Milan and the Royal Marsden Hospital, London.

In 2010 Mr Almond was granted a prestigious Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellowship. He was subsequently awarded a Doctorate of Medicine following his research into early detection and treatment of oesophageal cancer. He has published more than 70 research articles and book chapters including a leading article on post-operative recovery following gallbladder surgery.

Mr Almond also specialises in the treatment of soft tissue sarcomas, neuroendocrine tumours, hiatal hernias, acid reflux, abdominal wall hernias, and performs upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy.

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Mr Sam Ford

Birmingham and Worcester Based Consultant Surgeon

Mr Samuel Ford works as an NHS Consultant Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham. He is a specialist in treating patients with gallstones and gallbladder pathology and regularly performs cholecystectomy with or without intra-operative cholangiography. He performs advanced keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery for gallstone disease but is also highly skilled at open gallbladder surgery.

Mr Ford trained in general and upper GI surgery in the South West and after completion of training in 2014 undertook further specialist Fellowships in sarcoma surgery in Birmingham and Milan.

Mr Ford was awarded a PhD in cancer biology from the University of Birmingham following a highly competitive Cancer Research UK Clinical Research Fellowship. His research portfolio is centred on optimising outcomes for patients with soft tissue sarcoma and he has contributed to international consensus statements and published papers on the management of sarcoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) and neuroendocrine tumours (NETs). Mr Ford is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

Mr Ford is also a specialist in the management of benign disease, especially hiatal hernias, acid reflux, gallstones, abdominal wall hernias and lipomas.

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Mr Ewen Griffiths

Birmingham Based Consultant Upper GI Surgeon

Mr Ewen Griffiths works as NHS Consultant Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham. He is a specialist in treating patients with gallstones and gallbladder pathology and regularly performs cholecystectomy with or without intra-operative cholangiography. He can perform the operation with advanced keyhole techniques, but is also skilled at removing the gallbladder as an open procedure.

Mr Griffiths graduated MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) from Dundee University, Scotland in 2000. He achieved Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow) in 2004. His research in to ‘hypoxia associated factors’ in oesophagogastric cancer at Paterson Institute of Cancer Research, Christie Hospital, Manchester and Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester led to many publications in leading medical journals and the award of MD (Doctorate in Medicine) degree from Manchester University in 2006. Higher surgical training was obtained in the North West of England, including Specialist Registrar posts in Salford Royal Hospital and Royal Preston Upper Gastrointestinal Units. He obtained his Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons in 2010 and completion of specialist surgical training (CCT) in 2012. He trained for a year as a Senior Upper Gastrointestinal Fellow in the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia. His training in Australia was in the field of advanced laparoscopic surgery for biliary / gallbladder surgery, anti-reflux surgery, giant hiatus hernia repairs, upper GI cancer and Bariatric surgery.

He joined the Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery unit, as a Consultant, at the University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation NHS Trust in Sept 2012. He was joint Chief Investigator for the successful ‘CholeS study’, which was the largest audit of cholecystectomies performed in the UK and Ireland with a team was from the West Midlands Research Collaborative (WMRC). This recruited 8909 patients who had cholecystectomy in a 2 month period in 2014 with 30 day follow-up. This involved collaborating with 646 collaborators (trainees, consultants, surgical nurses, research nurses, audit facilitators) from 167 hospitals. Publications of our results were achieved in the British Journal of Surgery (3 main results papers), Surgical Endoscopy (2 papers), World Journal of Surgery ,HPB Journal and British Medical Journal Open and it was arguably the most successful cholecystectomy research project performed in the UK.

5 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR OPERATION OR PROCEDURE

Yes, you will have stitches but these will be dissolvable and will disappear within a couple of weeks of your surgery.
You will need to stop eating at least six hours before your surgery. You may be allowed to drink a small amount of water up to two hours before your procedure.
In the vast majority of cases gallbladder surgery will be completed laparoscopically (key hole). If this is the case you will be able to go home on the same day or the following day. Rarely the surgeon will need to perform an open operation. In this case you will typically be in hospital for three to four days.
Following laparoscopicic cholecystectomy (key hole removal of the gallbladder) you will be able to eat and drink and get out of bed as soon as you have recovered from the anaesthetic. You may experience some abdominal tenderness for several days after the procedure. We would recommend using simple painkillers during this time such as paracetamol. Patients typically are able to return to work after a couple of weeks.