Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon Supratik Chattopadhyay specialises in general gynaecology and gynaecological cancer surgery. The female genital tract has an outer part that consists of the vulva, vagina and cervix and an inner part that consists of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. As a gynaecological surgeon, Mr Chattopadhyay specialises in operations of the entire female genital tract.
Gynaecological surgery is of three types:
1. Operations for benign gynaecological conditions called Benign Gynaecology Surgery- these are different types of operations on the vulva, vagina, cervix uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
2. Operations for Cancer of the Vulva, Vagina, Cervix, Uterus, Fallopian tubes and Ovaries.
3. Operations for diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological pre-cancers and diagnosis of gynaecological cancers.
A significant number of diagnostic procedures can be done with local anaesthesia in a clinic setting or as ‘day-case’ procedures under general anaesthesia. Technical skill and knowledge of the female anatomy is an essential part of gynaecological surgery, and meticulous attention to detail during the operation promotes excellence in outcomes.
In order to do an operation, the female genital organs can be reached in two ways. The conventional way is to make a cut on the abdomen (tummy): this is called ‘open’ surgery. Nowadays, in a vast majority of cases, the preferred way is by Laparoscopy, also called Keyhole Surgery or Minimally Invasive Surgery. Laparoscopy has many advantages over open surgery. Mr Chattopadhyay is an expert in laparoscopic surgery. He does majority of the operations laparoscopically. For cancer operations, the choice between laparoscopy and open surgery is tailored individually, depending on the site of the cancer and the extent of cancer spread.
Mr Chattopadhyay also specialises in radical surgery for ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer and vulval cancer.
NHS AND PRIVATE SECTOR
Mr Supratik Chattopadhyay was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon in the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in January 2015. He works at both the Leicester General Hospital and the Leicester Royal Infirmary. His private practice is at the Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital and the Spire Leicester Hospital. He works full-time in the NHS, however, he has dedicated time in the private sector and as a result, in addition to caring for his NHS patients he can give close personal attention to his private patients and their ongoing inpatient care in the private hospitals.
Mr Chattopadhyay does the same set of operations in the NHS and in the private hospitals. The NHS is a great institution. The Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital and the Spire Leicester Hospital are very well equipped and give excellent care for many conditions. But, certain types of major operations and post-operative care are done best in a large NHS hospital, such as the Leicester General Hospital. As an NHS consultant, Mr Chattopadhyay is involved in continuing professional development activities, teaching and training, research, clinical audit and regular appraisal.
Mr Chattopadhyay works independently as a private healthcare professional in only two private hospitals: the Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital and the Spire Leicester Hospital. He does not work for any company or agency that offers private health services. Mr Chattopadhyay believes firmly that he can offer the best service to his patients by establishing a direct relationship and by providing personal post-operative care and follow-up. Presently, he does not work outside of Leicester.
Mr Chattopadhyay studied medicine at the Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta, India (University of Calcutta) and graduated (MBBS) in 1997. He completed Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Chittaranjan Seva Sadan Hospital (2002) followed by MD at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospitals (2004). Both post-graduate degrees were awarded by the University of Calcutta. Mr Chattopadhyay then worked as a Resident Gynaecological Surgeon in a semi-private hospital in Calcutta for one year before moving to England.
Mr Chattopadhyay came to the North East of England in October 2005 and worked as a Senior House Officer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Middlesbrough and then in Sunderland. He then took the MRCOG final exam and passed this on his first attempt. After that he joined as a Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and completed his Obstetrics and Gynaecology run-through training in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2010, Mr Chattopadhyay joined the Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre, Gateshead, where he finished doing research in endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer, and simultaneously obtained surgical training in gynaecological oncology.
In 2013, Mr Chattopadhyay was appointed as a Subspecialist Fellow in Gynaecological Oncology at the St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds. He undertook two years of specialised surgical training in gynaecological oncology. During this training, in 2014, Mr Chattopadhyay went to Kliniken Essen-Mitte in Essen, Germany to be trained in ultra-radical surgery for advanced ovarian cancer. In January 2015 on completion of his training he was awarded certificate of completion of specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology and subspecialist status in gynaecological oncology by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Mr Chattopadhyay was appointed as Consultant Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon, at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, in January 2015.
Mr Chattopadhyay is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) UK. His registration number is 6111908. He is registered with Licence to Practice. He obtained his Full Registration on 29 Aug, 2007. He has a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Gynaecological Oncology) in the UK from 23 Jan, 2015.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS
Mr Chattopadhyay is a member of:
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (https://www.rcog.org.uk)
British Gynaecological Cancer Society (https://bgcs.org.uk)
The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (https://www.bsccp.org.uk)
Mr Chattopadhyay is a member of the MDDUS (http://www.mddus.com)