Welcome to my website

Mr Mohammad Abu Hilal
My name is Mohammad Abu Hilal. I am a 44 year old Consultant Surgeon and Honorary Associated Professor at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust. I am a general surgeon specialising in liver surgery, pancreatic surgery and biliary surgery. I have a special interest in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and I have a large experience in Keyhole surgery for the liver and the pancreas. I am one of the national and international leaders in this field and I represented the UK in the latest consensus meeting on laparoscopic liver surgery, held in japan in 2014. I am regularly invited give lectures about Keyhole surgery of the liver and pancreatic surgery in national and international meetings and I have often demonstrated surgical techniques via live link surgery from my hospitals and other European and International centres. Hepatobiliary pancreatic (HPB) surgery, is a complex surgical sub speciality and only a few centres in the UK can provide such a specialist service. In this website you will find generic information that hopefully answers many of your questions regarding a surgical approach to the variety of HPB medical conditions. However, the website is not an attempt to replace a personal consultation to gain a specialist opinion. My personal philosophy is that every case should be fully and carefully evaluated on its own merits. In complex cases, the right 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 called multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This approach is essential to ensure a careful evaluation of the case and a correct diagnosis and management plane. Welcome again and I hope you will have clear explanations to address your doubts and answer all your questions.


My Surgical Procedures

This is a list of the surgical procedures I perform and the clinical conditions I manage


  • General surgery
  • Abdominal emergencies
  • Biliary Surgery
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Liver Surgery
  • Multivisceral Resections


This website does not attempt to cover every topic related to upper abdominal disease in detail, however it does give enough information to help individuals understand the basic issues around common or serious conditions in this field. The website contains the views of the authors with regard to management of the conditions described, as with almost all illnesses it is possible to find a second opinion that will differ from that outlined here. However our views are on the whole considered acceptable to the mainstream of current UK clinicians within our specialist fields on any given theme and can usually be supported by evidence from clinical trials or audit. As a group we believe in evidence based medicine and try to achieve best practice by auditing our performance and comparing our results with national standards. Where possible we will publish our outcome and performance data on this website.


Every patient is a different individual and each person and their disease must be assessed and managed on their own merits. This web site provides a general guide to principles of management of a wide range of conditions, however the treatment of any one person may be modified according to other factors such as their general health, age and social factors in order to provide the best care that we can for that particular patient.


Hospital details and Links

I work in the Southampton area and I have offices at Southampton General Hospital and the SPIRE hospital Southampton (formerly known as the BUPA hospital, Chaleybeate close Southampton). please see the Hospitals Section for more details.