Professor David M Lloyd

Professor David M Lloyd

Hepatobiliary and Laparoscopic Surgeon
MBBS(Lond), FRCS(Engl), MD(Leics)

Practising at

Spire Leicester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor David M Lloyd at Spire include:

General surgery

Other treatments

In addition to treating gallstone disease and hernias, Professor Lloyd performs operations on the adrenal gland (adrenalectomy) and operations on the spleen including splenectomy and partial splenectomy for splenic cysts.

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Professional profile

I have been a specialist consultant surgeon for more than 20 years and was appointed in Leicester in 1994. I specialise in laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery) of the gall bladder, abdominal wall hernias and groin hernias, and surgery for sportsman’s groin. I trained in liver and pancreas surgery in the USA for three years and worked as a liver surgeon in Hamburg for nearly two years. Fortunately, I was at the forefront of laparoscopic surgery during its development and pioneered several operations. I was instrumental in performing the first laparoscopic gall bladder removal in Leicester in 1991 and now have an extensive repertoire of procedures which can be carried out using key hole techniques.

In total, I have performed more than 10,000 laparoscopic operations. This would include more than 5,000 hernia operations, 2,000 release procedures for groin pain and 3,000 gall bladder operations. I am committed to providing a professional and safe practice and up to date have never had a bile duct injury which unfortunately can occur in every 200 cases. This is a devastating complication which requires bile duct reconstruction and can have serious long term consequences.

I regularly teach and perform gall bladder surgery and hernia surgery on a weekly basis and run a National Hernia course several times a year in Leicester. Most of my surgery is laparoscopic which usually means patients can be discharged home the same day. This would include patients with gall stones, inguinal hernias or groin pain requiring an operation. Patients with larger abdominal wall hernias may require more extensive surgery and therefore require a longer stay in hospital. In addition to gall stone surgery and hernia surgery I also perform surgery on the liver for liver cancer and also on the pancreas for pancreatic cancer. These operations require specialist teams which are usually undertaken at the larger Leicester General Hospital which is part of the University Hospitals Leicester.

I continue to lecture and speak at international congresses all around the world and have done for the past 20 years. I have sat on international committees dealing with liver surgery, hernia surgery and groin pain. I have been a regular speaker at the American Hernia Society, the European Hernia Society and was honoured to be an invited speaker at the 1st World Congress of Abdominal Wall and Hernia Surgery in Milan, 2015. I am also speaking at the European Hernia Congress in Vienna in 2017.

I have recently been appointed as Professor of Surgery for my commitment to teaching, research and the development of pioneering advances in medicine. I developed a microwave machine to treat patients with liver cancer and I am proud that this machine is now being used all over the UK and cancer centres in Europe, the United States of America and the rest of the world. Over 200 microwave machines are now being used throughout the world (see article below).

My research interests include hernia surgery, hernia anatomy and liver cancer. I am committed to improving the outcome of hernia surgery and have challenged the current definition of groin hernias. My research interests include hernia surgery, hernia anatomy and the treatment of sportsmen and sportswomen with groin pain. I have developed an innovative procedure for the treatment of sportsman’s groin which is proving very successful. This procedure is known as the Lloyd Release Procedure and I have been fortunate in getting many high profile professional sportsmen and women back to their sport within days or weeks after this keyhole operation.

I continue to pursue excellence in the field of laparoscopic surgery. I perform laparoscopic adrenalectomies and splenectomies. I am developing ways to perform partial splenectomies to allow patients with diseased spleens to keep some of their spleen. This would allow them to maintain some immunity against specific infections.

Clinical Interests

General surgery
Gallstone surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery
Liver disease
Minimal access surgery

Special Clinical Interests: Hepatobiliary surgery, gall stone disease, jaundice, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, groin hernias, groin strain, groin pain, laparoscopic hernia repair, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Private contact details

Telephone 0116 265 3685
Private secretary Mrs Lynne Haddon
Private secretary telephone 0116 265 3044
Private secretary fax 0116 265 3672
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

MBBS / St. George’s Hospital Medical School London / 1980
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

F.R.C.S / London / 1985
Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons

M.D. / University of Leicester / 1991
This is equivalent to a PhD. This was the culmination of 3 years’ research undertaken at the University of Chicago (1985-8). The title of my thesis was ‘The Immuno-alteration of Pancreatic Allografts’.

Honorary Professorship in Surgery / University of Leicester / 2015
Awarded for outstanding research, teaching and pioneering work in the field of surgery.

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain
Association of Endoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

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Current NHS posts

Professor of Surgery at University of Leicester and Consultant Hepatobiliary and Laparoscopic Surgeon, University Hospitals Leicester

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Research and Publication


Educational video demonstrating laparoscopic anatomy of groin hernias challenging the standard definition of a direct inguinal hernia.

Worldwide success in treatment of liver tumours

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Personal Profile

I am married with two adult children and two dogs. I have several interests outside medicine including snow skiing and water-skiing, cycling, music and playing guitar.

If I wasn’t a surgeon I am sure I would be in a small band playing guitar somewhere in the French Alps. On occasions, I am partial to the odd glass of a good red wine.

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