Professor David Lloyd: Profile

Professor David Lloyd  is a consultant laparoscopic and hepatobiliary surgeon in Leicester offering a personalised approach to private gallbladder removal and private hernia repair. His main hospitals are the Nuffield Hospital in Leicester and the Spire Hospital in Leicester. He is a world authority on laparoscopic surgery and is invited to lecture at many international congresses across the USA, Europe and the rest of the world. He is a pioneer of laparoscopic surgery having developed many techniques and operations which have now become standard across the world. He is one of the most experienced surgeons in the UK and across the world offering safe laparoscopic surgery for gallstone disease, abdominal wall surgery and surgery for sportsman’s groin. He attracts patients from Europe, the USA and of course from all over the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.


Training and Experience

David qualified at St George’s Hospital, London in 1980 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons on England in 1985. He is Professor of Surgery at the University Hospitals of Leicester having trained in London, Chicago and Hamburg. He has published 12 book chapters and has more than 120 papers on surgery published in peer-reviewed journals. He teaches medical students, surgical trainees and other consultants. He organises the National Hernia Course held in Leicester performing live surgery to teach other consultant surgeons safe laparoscopic surgery. He has now performed more than 20,000 laparoscopic procedures including 15,000 inguinal hernia repair procedures and 4000 cholecystectomies. He has also been a faculty member of the European Surgical Institute in Germany demonstrating laparoscopic surgery to surgeons from all over Europe, the American College of Surgery and the European Hernia Society.

Clinical interests

Professor David Lloyd has pioneered many operations including gallbladder removal, laparoscopic hernia repair and laparoscopic surgery to remove the spleen and adrenal glands. With his interest in liver cancer, he has developed a microwave machine to treat patients with liver cancer. This machine is now being used all around the world in hundreds of cancer centres and hospitals. He coordinated an International study on the use of microwaves to treat liver cancer which also gave him world-wide recognition.

With more than 25 years’ experience, Professor Lloyd has one of the largest series of laparoscopic gall bladder operations, laparoscopic hernia operations and spleen and adrenal surgery. He has developed a new and innovative procedure for the treatment of groin pain in sportsmen known as the Lloyd Release Procedure (

He has now performed more than 20,000 laparosocpic operations including 4000 gallbladder operations, 15,000 laparoscopic hernia procedures, 400 laparoscopic splenectomies and over 200 adrenalectomies. He was the first surgeon in the UK to perform a laparoscopic liver operation in 1997.

'Single-port' cholecystectomy

In 1991, Professor Lloyd was responsible for one of the first gallbladder removal procedures (cholecystectomy) performed in the UK and has since gone on to gain an international reputation for his skill in laparoscopic (keyhole) gallbladder surgery. More recently he has pioneered an even less invasive 'single port' technique, where, in selected patients, the gallbladder is removed through a single small incision near the bellybutton, further minimising scarring and postoperative pain.



The Lloyd Release Procedure

Groin pain is a commonly seen complaint in amateur and professional athletes, often, but not exclusively, occurring in football, rugby and hockey players. This type of pain is sometimes diagnosed as sportsman's hernia and patients may undergo hernia surgery, with highly variable results.  In fact, most athletes complaining of groin pain do not have a hernia at all, and it has become apparent that the cause of the pain in these cases is due to tension in the ligaments as a result of recurrent strain.

Following extensive anatomical research, Professor Lloyd has developed a revolutionary new treatment for groin pain known as the Lloyd Release Procedure.  The inflamed and tense ligaments responsible for the pain are released laparoscopically and patients are encouraged to mobilise quickly, returning to light training within days and normal training within weeks.

Professor Lloyd has treated more than 2000 male and female athletes with a very high success rate (93% of patients returning to their sport within 4 weeks).  The procedure is suitable both for those with newly diagnosed groin strain and those who have already had conventional groin surgery.

Research interests

Professor David Lloyd has published extensively on a variety of topics and surgical disorders with more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, 12 book chapters and over 100 abstracts. Most of these publications relate to liver surgery and the microwave destruction of liver cancer tumours, gall bladder surgery and hernia surgery. More recently, he has published his results on the Lloyd Release Procedure. He has presented his results all around the world and numerous International meetings and often sits on the Faculty of the American Surgical Society.