Professor Mohammad Abu-Hilal

Professor Mohammad Abu-Hilal

Prof. Mohammad Abu Hilal is Professor of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic and minimally Invasive surgery at  University Hospitals Southampton Foundation Trust.

Prof  Abu Hilal trained as a general surgeon before gaining further specialisation in liver surgery, pancreatic surgery and biliary surgery.

He has a special interest in Laparoscopic (keyhole) Surgery and led the development of keyhole surgery for the liver and pancreas in the UK. In the last 12 years He has accumulated one of the largest international experiences in this surgical field.

Personal philosophy

“Hepatobiliary pancreatic (HPB) surgery is a complex surgical sub speciality and only a few centres in the UK can provide such a specialist service. I believe that every case should be carefully evaluated on its own merits. In complex cases, the correct management plan should be decided after consultation between the consultant and a team of clinicians from a variety of fields, including, Radiology, Oncology, Histopathology, Surgery and Gastroenterology working together as a multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This approach is essential to ensure a careful evaluation of the case and a correct diagnosis and management plan.”


Prof Abu Hilal has developed and published a number of laparoscopic surgical techniques and has offered training and proctoring to more than 350 surgeons from all over the world. 90% of his surgical practice is laparoscopic, from the simple procedures, such as laparoscopic hernia repair and gallbladder removal to the most complex pancreatic and liver resections (including Laparoscopic Whipple’s resections and Hemi-hepatectomies). He is very proud of this, having witnessed the great advantages the Laparoscopic approach offers to patients, when compared to the traditional open surgery including; shorter hospital stay, earlier functional recovery, and lower complication rates.


For more info about Professor Abu Hilals qualifications and results, please visit his personal website (

Scope of practice

General Surgery

  • Hernia repair ( inguinal, ventral, umbilical, incisional, femoral ..etc)
  • Minor surgery to remove small lumps and bumps such as cysts, lipomas
  • Laparoscopic (keyhole) removal of the spleen

Abdominal Emergencies

  • Appendicitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Perforated bowel
  • The operative treatment of bleeding ulcers

Biliary Surgery

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (keyhole gallbladder surgery)
  • Bile duct exploration for gallstones
  • Laparoscopic (keyhole) bile duct resection and reconstruction
  • Open Bile duct repair / reconstruction
  • Resection of gallbladder tumours


  • Management and investigation of different types of acute and chronic pancreatitis,
  • Investigations and Management of autoimmune pancreatitis

Pancreatic Surgery

  • Resection of pancreatic tumours
  • Laparoscopic (keyhole) pancreatic resection
  • Laparoscopic bypass operations for obstructing pancreatic tumours
  • Open bypass operations for obstructing pancreatic tumours
  • Surgery for the complications of acute and chronic pancreatitis ( necrososectomy, drainage of pancreatic abscess, cysto-gastrostomies, cysto-jejuostomies)

Liver Surgery

  • Liver resection for benign and malignant tumours
  • Laparoscopic (keyhole) liver resection
  • Surgery for liver cysts

Multivisceral Resections

  • Extended multi-organ resection for some advanced tumours involving the pancreas and surrounding organs.

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