Mr James W Smellie

Mr W James Smellie Endocrine and Hernia Surgeon

General surgery


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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020

Specialises in

  • Endocrine
  • General
  • Lower GI surgery
  • Upper GI surgery

About me

I specialize in Hernia Surgery particularly inguinal hernias, femoral and umbilical hernias. I am the lead and highest volume surgeon in a high volume NHS hernia service in Central London and specialize in mini-incision open mesh repairs. I perform cosmetic reconstructions of the umbilicus after umbilical hernia repair.

My other main specialisation is in Endocrine surgery and I lead a high volume endocrine surgery service in Chelsea operating on thyroid, parathyroid and adrenals (laparoscopically). For the thyroid surgery I see patients and operate if they require thyroidectomy or partial thyroidectomy for goitres, thyrotoxicosis and thyroid cancer. I operate and remove parathyroid glands for patients with hypercalcaemia and hyperparathyroidism.

I assess and remove lesions in the salivary glands.

I am happy to perform intermediate surgery on lipomas and skin lesions.

Areas of interest

Hernia; Inguinal hernia; femoral hernia; Ventral hernia; incisional hernia; umbilical hernia; hernias arising in pregnancy. I am particularly interested in; recurrent hernia; Synthetic mesh repairs. I perform laparoscopic repairs when indicated.

I also specialise in thyroid; parathyroid; adrenal; endocrine surgery; goitre; multinodular goitre; toxic goitre; graves' disease' hashimoto's disease; autoimmune thyroiditis; thyroglossal cyst; thyroid cyst; colloid goitre; thyroid cancer; papillary thyroid cancer. Also parathyroid adenoma; hyperparathyroidism; hypercalcaemia.

I perform laparoscopic adrenal surgery and have done many hundreds of laparoscopy for other abdominal conditions. .

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