Mr Filippo Di Franco

Mr Filippo Di Franco

Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal & Laparoscopic Surgeon

Practising at

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Filippo Di Franco at Spire include:

General surgery

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Professional profile

I have been a consultant general surgeon for six years. My area of expertise is upper gastrointestinal and laparoscopic (key hole) surgery. I perform the majority of my elective operations using a laparoscopic approach. This minimally invasive technique has the following advantages compared to open surgery: reduced postoperative pain shorter recovery time quicker return to work/hobbies. better cosmetic results I am also an accredited upper gastrointestinal endoscopist.

I specialise in upper gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgery. I manage investigations and treatment for abdominal pain, gallstones (removal of gallbladder), hernias; groin hernia, incisional hernia, umbilical hernia, epigastric hernia, gastro-oesophageal reflux and hiatus hernia and “lumps and bumps”.

To date I have performed over 800 laparoscopic cholecystectomies, 500 laparoscopic groin hernia repairs, 200 abdominal wall hernia repairs, 200 laparoscopic appendicectomies in both my NHS and private practice. My conversion rate from laparoscopic (key hole) to open surgery is very low. I have also performed over 1000 upper gastrointestinal endoscopies.

I am the Associate Medical Director of the Division of Surgery at Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust. I am responsible for the management of the Division of Surgery which includes five surgical directorates.

As part of my Associate Medical Director role at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, I led the Division of Surgery through the development of a new clinical governance structure. This has contributed to the development of safer patient’s services.

In addition to my clinical and managerial work, I am pro-actively involved with research. My thesis on “Perioperative immunonutrition in patients undergoing surgery for oesophago-gastric cancer” was awarded an MD (Doctor of Medicine) by the Newcastle University in 2010. I have also written some chapters for the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Surgery ( Edition) and the Oxford Handbook of Operative Surgery (Edition).

Clinical Interests

Gastrointestinal pathology
Gastrointestinal surgery
Gastrointestinal surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Minimal access surgery

Private contact details

Telephone 01223 266990
Private secretary Sophie Howell
Private secretary telephone 01223 479024
Private secretary fax 01223 755125
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

FRCS (General Surgery) / Royal College of Surgeons / 2010
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
Professional qualification required to enter the GMC specialist register and to practise as a a Consultant Surgeon in the United Kingdom.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (General Surgery)
Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS)
British Medical Association (BMA)

Professional leadership

I am the Associate Medical Director for the Division of Surgery at Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust.

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust, Huntingdon.

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