Our current waiting times

First appointment From appointment to treatment*
3 weeks 2 weeks
*This will be dependent on how long it takes for your consultant to agree your treatment plan, following your consultation and the results of any tests.

Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.

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Please note: All our surgical procedures will be carried out at our in-patient hospital at Shepton Mallet, even if you have an outpatient appointment at a different hospital.

EUA of the rectum

Examination Under Anaesthetic (EUA) of the rectum is a means of examining the colon and anal parts of the body using a special instrument in order to diagnose conditions.

Excision and drainage of pilonidal sinus

A pilonidal sinus is a small hole in the skin, usually at the top of the cleft of the buttocks, where they separate. If the sinus becomes infected, surgery is needed to open and drain the abscess in the sinus.

Gallbladder surgery

Gallbladder surgery, also known as a cholecystectomy, is where the gallbladder is removed. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic using keyhole surgery and an overnight stay is not usually required.

Lumps and bumps

A procedure involving the surgical removal of small skin cysts or lesions. These are usually performed as a day case, so you can go home afterwards. These are procedures that require your GP to secure funding from your local NHS Commissioners prior to referral and treatment.

Repair of femoral hernia

A femoral hernia is when fatty tissue, or part of your bowel, pokes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall into the femoral canal, through which blood vessels pass to and from your leg. During surgery, the bulge is pushed back into place, and the abdominal wall is strengthened.

Repair of incisional hernia

An incisional, or ventral, hernia is a bulge that occurs near a prior abdominal surgical incision. Surgical repair corrects the weakened area.

Repair of inguinal hernia

An inguinal hernia is common and occurs mainly in men when fatty tissue or a part of the bowel pokes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall into the inguinal canal, through which blood vessels pass to the testicles. Surgery pushes the bulge back into place and strengthens the abdominal wall.

Repair of recurrent hernia

If a hernia reoccurs it can be more complicated to repair due to scarring from the original surgery. Keyhole surgery is often used in this case to reduce further scarring and damage. Another option is to reopen the old scar and place a mesh over the defect.

Repair of umbilical hernia

Umbilical hernias in adults are common, they result from a weakness in the abdominal wall and usually cause few symptoms. If they become painful or cause problems with activities of daily living, they can be simply repaired using a mesh to close the defect.

Surgery for haemorrhoids

There are various surgical treatments for haemorrhoids (piles), depending on the particular condition. Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation (HALO) or rubber band ligations are two options, both of which are methods which minimise discomfort.

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