Consultant Profile

Mr Gavin S M Robertson

Mr Gavin S M Robertson MB,ChB, MD, FRCS
Practicing at:
Spire Leicester Hospital
  • General surgery
    • Endoscopy
    • Laparoscopic surgery
    • Liver disease
    • Minimal access surgery
Special clinical interests:

Laparoscopic surgery - in particular the laparoscopic treatment of gallstones (cholecystectomy) and their complications, keyhole surgery to repair abdominal wall hernias and endoscopic diagnosis and surgical management of acid reflux disease. Surgical management of liver, pancreatic and biliary cancers and benign disease.

Research interests:

The development of laparoscopic surgery for emergency surgical conditions. Ablative methods for treating non-resectable liver tumours. The management of achalasia.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Laparoscopic and Hepatobiliary Surgeon, Leicester General Hospital

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

The Royal College of Surgeons of England 
British Medical Association
The Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland 
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Upper GI Surgeons 
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0116 265 3685
Private secretary:
Rachel  Clay
Private secretary telephone number:
07729 604080
Wednesday pm
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Gavin Robertson was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon in Leicester in 1999. Having qualified in 1984, he then undertook further training in specialist centres across the world including in Belgium and Australia, developing an expertise in Laparoscopic/keyhole surgery from its inception in 1993. Gavin Robertson’s particular interests are the laparoscopic treatment of gallstones and their complications with over 3500 procedures performed, and keyhole surgery to repair abdominal wall hernias (over 3000 procedures carried out). Mr Robertson regularly performs not only groin hernia repairs but also more complex incisional and other abdominal wall repairs.

Mr Robertson has over 50 original papers in peer reviewed journals on pancreatic islet transplantation, the treatment of inoperable liver tumours and laparoscopic gallbladder and hernia surgery and has also published a variety of book chapters and review articles on these subjects.

Gavin has built a busy private practice at the Spire Leicester Hospital over the last 12 years, where he operates and consults each week as well as being one of the lead consultants at the hospital’s One Stop Abdominal Pain Clinic. The majority of the patients he now sees come to him with problems with gallstones or hernias where his laparoscopic expertise allows prompt minimally invasive treatment. He sees patients not only from Leicester but across the East Midlands, including Lincoln, Grantham, Kettering, Nottingham and Derby.

Personal profile:

Most of Gavin’s spare time is spent with his wife, Claire and three teenage children - Sophie, Charlie and Joe. In his occasional free moments he manages to get to the gym in an effort to combat the ravages of age. He also enjoys waterskiing and windsurfing.

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Mr Gavin S M Robertson

Mr Gavin S M Robertson General surgery Consultant, Leicester, private hospital specialist.

Mr Gavin Robertson on the topic of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Hernia Repairs

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
“The treatment of gallstones has been revolutionised with the introduction of keyhole surgery, which permits over 99% of gallstones to be managed with straightforward surgery using four small 1cm cuts. Patients usually stay in hospital less than 24 hours and are back doing most activities comfortably within a week or two. Given the fact that gallstones can cause life-threatening complications including jaundice and pancreatitis and carry a 1-2% chance of causing gallbladder cancer, the surgery in expert hands has become the option of choice for virtually all patients with gallstones."

Laparoscopic Hernia repairs
"Hernias are holes in the otherwise intact muscle layer of the abdominal wall. They tend to develop at sites of weakness and are common in the groins especially in men (who have a one in four risk), around the umbilicus and at the site of previous open surgery. Once they develop, the lining layer of the abdominal cavity prolapses through the hole preventing it healing, abdominal contents then get pushed through the hole, creating a visible lump which comes and goes. If the contents fail to go back emergency surgery is often required, so having hernias repaired as a planned procedure is advisable.

Laparoscopically the repair is performed from inside the abdomen with no large cut through overlying muscles, a mesh is inserted inside the inner layer of the abdominal wall giving a strong comfortable repair."

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