Mr Wayne Chicken is a consultant general surgeon and breast surgeon, with special interest in the prompt diagnosis of breast symptoms and management of breast cancer. His NHS practice is at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, and he conducts his private practice from the clean and comfortable surroundings of the Spire Hartswood Hospital.
Wayne graduated from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and trained as a general surgeon and oncoplastic breast surgeon in London, with senior registrar posts at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead and Broomfield Hospital in Essex.
His research focuses on the minimally invasive treatment of breast cancer. He has published widely in high quality academic journals on breast cancer including sentinel node biopsy, intraoperative diagnosis, novel technology, surgical training and gynaecomastia.
He has presented his prize-winning research both nationally and internationally. He maintains scientific, research and teaching interests, and is a proponent of evidence based medicine.
Wayne’s clinical practice encompasses both breast and general surgery. His breast practice focuses on the rapid diagnosis of breast symptoms in both women and men, and the management of breast cancer using the most up to date techniques. This enables him to use minimally invasive surgery and breast conservation, often done as a day stay procedure. He is a strong advocate of immediate reconstruction wherever possible for patients requiring mastectomy utilizing a full range of reconstructive techniques and in combination with a plastic surgeon. He has particular interest in screening for breast cancer and family history of breast cancer.
His general surgery practice encompasses laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, gallbladder surgery, hernia repair, lymph node biopsy and removal of lumps and skin lesions.
His approach is sensitive, unhurried, calm and reassuring, but using a strong evidence base to underpin his practice. He investigates thoroughly and methodically prior to any surgery. Wayne believes the best results are achieved through multidisciplinary management, and all cancer treatments are delivered using the skills of a full multidisciplinary team.