Mr Gavin S M Robertson

Mr Gavin S M Robertson

Consultant General and Laparoscopic Surgeon

"Spire Leicester provides a superb environment allowing me to offer my patients the best possible service. Staff are well trained and the operating theatre very well equipped for Laparoscopic surgery."

Practising at

Spire Leicester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Gavin S M Robertson at Spire include:

General surgery

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Professional profile

I qualified in 1984 from Leicester Medical School. My 15 years of surgical training included 8 years as a lecturer in Leicester, where I began training in laparoscopic surgery when it started in the UK in 1993. I spent additional periods on specialist units in Birmingham, Belgium and Australia. Involved in keyhole surgery since its inception in 1993, I am a highly experienced and skilled laparoscopic surgeon with specialist training from National and International units. I have a particular interest and expertise in the treatment of gallbladder disease and have performed over 4,000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies to date, with no incidence of bile duct injury. My other major interest is the repair of abdominal wall hernias laparoscopically including complex incisional hernias as well as inguinal, umbilical and ventral hernias (over 4500), these are now referred from across the Midlands.

I have been on the Council of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, and an instructor for advanced laparoscopic surgery and laparoscopic cholecystectomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

I offer rapid assessment of abdominal pain and gallstones using ultrasound, CT and MRI scanning, blood tests and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). I specialise in surgery for gallstones and am also an expert on the treatment of the complications associated with the condition. I offer an expert assessment of abdominal wall hernias of all types, ranging from standard groin hernias, to complex incisional hernias which are referred from around the Midlands. I undertake diagnostic endoscopys for the management of abdominal pain and anti-reflux surgery for acid reflux.

For the last 20 years my practice has focused on laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) especially in the treatment of gallstone disease and for the repair of abdominal wall hernias. Over that time I have performed over 4000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies often referred because of their complex nature, with no bile duct injuries (expected incidence 1-2/1000) and a conversion rate to open surgery of well under 1%. I have now performed over 4500 laparoscopic inguinal (groin) hernia repairs with a recurrence rate under 1% and pioneered techniques for repairing incisional hernias resulting from previous conventional open surgery.

Over the last few years I have reduced my managerial responsibilities to concentrate on what I do and enjoy best - my clinical practice, particularly laparoscopic surgery.

I have over 60 original publications and book chapters covering the management of gallstones and repair of hernias.

For the last 5 years I have co-organised and taught on the National Leicester Hernia Course, teaching complex laparoscopic hernia repair techniques to surgeons from across the UK.

Clinical Interests

General surgery
Gallstone surgery
Gastrointestinal cancer
Gastrointestinal pathology
Gastrointestinal surgery
Liver disease
Motility disorder
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Minimal access surgery
Pancreatic and biliary surgery
Upper gastrointestinal cancer

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.

Private contact details

Telephone 0116 265 3685
Private secretary Rachel Clay
Private secretary telephone 07729 604080
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

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.
Elected to the Council of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland in 2009.

Professional leadership

I am co-organiser and faculty member on the National Leicester Hernia Course.
I was Programme director of Surgical Registrar Training for South Trent and Chairman of the South Trent Training Committee for 10 years until 2013.
I have been on the Council of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, and an instructor for advanced laparoscopic surgery and laparoscopic cholecystectomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Laparoscopic and Hepatobiliary Surgeon, Leicester General Hospital.

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Research and Publication

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


Results from a consecutive series of laparoscopic incisional and ventral hernia repairs

Abdominal wall and groin. In Kirk RM ed. Essential General Surgical Operations. 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier, Edinburgh. 2007: chapter 9:91-107.

Laparoscopic repair of perforated peptic ulcers. The need to evaluate the role of laparoscopy in generalised peritonitis.

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Personal Profile

I live with my wife and 3 children in the Leicestershire counrtyside. We foster children for Leicester City Council and have 3 dogs including a large brown Newfoundland. As a family we enjoy watersports including waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and kite surfing with varying degrees of proficiency!

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