General Surgery

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust offers a variety of general and sub-specialty surgical procedures.

Bariatric surgery

Morbid obesity is a complex problem for which bariatric surgery is a highly specialised intervention.

It is indicated for patients in whom all prior efforts of intensive weight reduction have failed such as pharmacological, lifestyle and community weight management services. Walsall Manor Hospital is a NHS designated centre for weight loss surgery and offers a range of laparoscopic (keyhole) bariatric procedures.

Our multidisciplinary team is fully trained in delivering the bariatric surgical service. The service is closely linked with our local community weight management service and provides a comprehensive service to our local population.

Patients will be motivated, counselled and adequately prepared prior to surgery to ensure their post-surgical compliance which is necessary for success. Walsall Manor Hospital is one of the leading hospitals in tMidlandsmidlands for laparoscopic bariatric surgery with reduced length of inpatient stays, early mobilisation and discharge.

See also – Bariatric surgery and specialist weight management

Breast care

The breast care team understands how women must feel about having breast surgery. The team is committed to doing their utmost to ensure that every patient’s experience is a positive one.

Women’s breasts change; during adolescence, during the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy and breast-feeding and as a consequence of the menopause.

Most breast changes are not due to cancer. General Practioners may refer you to our breast clinic because of a possible change or problem in your breast.

The Breast Unit is a fully integrated diagnostic breast specialist service which provides all the examinations and tests necessary to diagnose both benign and malignant breast disease.

Three consultant-delivered rapid access clinics are held each week. New patients are seen using a “one stop” approach, with clinical assessment, imaging and biopsy all being performed on the day.

See also – Breast surgery

Colorectal surgery

The team is involved in the diagnosis and management (including operations where necessary) of all conditions affecting the lower bowel i.e. the colon, rectum and anus. These conditions include colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids’, fistulae and abscesses.

Walsall Manor Hospital employs a multidisciplinary team who treat and care for patients throughout their journey. Having the input of a wider team from a variety of clinical backgrounds helps give a holistic view of each individual case and therefore results in superior rounded care decisions being made for every patient.

Walsall Manor Hospital is one of the leading hospitals in the West Midlands for laparoscopic colorectal surgery and has been particularly successful in driving down the length of inpatient stays. This is thanks to a combination of the surgical techniques used and the hospital’s successful post-operative Enhanced Recovery Programme.

General surgery

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on acute abdominal problems.

Our general surgeons manage common abdominal complaints including those related to the appendix, the gallbladder and also herniae.

Some cases can be treated laparoscopically (keyhole surgery), however this is assessed and a decision is made on an individual patient basis.

Pelvic floor service

A pelvic floor service is offered, dealing with female patients experiencing mixed faecal and urinary incontinence or evidence of pelvic floor dysfunction. Patients are assessed by a colorectal and gynaecology consultant together to formulate a cohesive strategy in the management of female incontinence. This combined clinic also allows for the clinical management and treatment of patients suffering from pelvic floor disorders which can include urinary problems or pain and/or pressure in the vagina or rectum. The treatments offered include anterior and posterior repair, transanal rectocele repair and urodynamic assessment

See also – Pelvic Floor Services

Upper gastrointestinal surgery

The service provides comprehensive care to patients from the first consultation, through investigations, to treatment, and follow-up.

Our consultants offer surgery for patients with benign upper gastrointestinal conditions, for example, laparoscopic biliary surgery including laparoscopic bile duct explorations, laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair, laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery and laparoscopic splenectomy.

See also – Gastroenterology

Vascular surgery

Vascular surgery is a sub-specialty of General Surgery in which diseases of the vascular system or arteries and veins are managed by medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction. Our vascular service deals with the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions affecting the arteries or veins and lymphatic vessels in the body, including lymphoedema, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Venous Disease

We have an expert team of vascular specialists, including consultants, specialist nurses, radiologists and anaesthetists involved in all aspects of care and treatment, from screening to surgery.

See also – Vascular

Clinical nurse specialists

This group of registered nurses have advanced nursing knowledge, skills and experience, supported by academic post-registration qualifications. The key aspects of the role include clinical care, education, research and management. They use their work with patients and other clinical staff to devise better care procedures.

We have clinical nurse specialists in colorectal, vascular, breast and bariatric services.

Consultants are on-site at Walsall Manor Hospital between 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and during weekends for ward rounds.
Outside of these hours consultants are accessible via telephone.

Clinics are usually held Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, however some do take place at weekends and evenings.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
Moat Road
West Midlands

Clinics run across different routes in the hospital however the clinic route will be displayed on your appointment letter

Service lead

Mr S Mirza – Clinical Director for General Surgery and Consultant Bariatric and General Surgeon
Secretary: 01922 721172 ext. 7564

Referrals should be made via your GP or other healthcare professional such as dentist or ophthalmologist.

Your GP will discuss with you and, if appropriate, your carer, about why a referral is being recommended. It is usually because your GP wants a specialist’s help in deciding on the best way to treat your condition. This might involve referring you for tests or investigations that cannot be carried out in a GP surgery. Your GP will also discuss with you what choices there are for where you can be referred.

Walsall Manor Hospital works with the NHS e-referral service to help patients book their new appointments in clinic.