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Fast assessment and treatment for abdominal concerns
Your digestive tract (gastrointestinal/GI tract) extends from mouth to anus. Should something go wrong in any part of it, you may experience symptoms such as abdominal pain or a change in bowel habits.
If you are concerned about any symptoms such as pain anywhere in your abdomen, have experienced a change in your bowel habits or become aware of a protruding lump, it is sensible to seek expert assessment and advice.
At BMI Bishops Wood Hospital, experienced Consultant General Surgeons can diagnose and treat a number of abdominal and digestive tract conditions. They would be delighted to help you too.
General surgery also provides for the investigation and treatment for hernias and unexplained ‘lumps and bumps’ in the abdomen.
Some of the common reasons people come to us for help include:
If you have any of these symptoms, it is essential to get expert help. Some of the common conditions your consultant will want to rule out for these symptoms are:
Hernias are usually quite straightforward to diagnose, as your consultant will be able to see a visible lump where the hernia is. An ultrasound or a CT scan can be used if the diagnosis is not clear.
Many GI tract symptoms are best investigated with endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light at the end. It is used to examine the inside of the GI tract, checking for any abnormalities or areas of possible concern.
Depending on where you are experiencing your symptoms, you may need to have a Gastroscopy, a Colonoscopy or a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. All endoscopy investigations are now performed at a hospital within the BMI Group (Clementine Churchill Hospital).
Whichever of these investigations you have, a biopsy may be taken for further analysis. This involves carefully removing a tiny sample of tissue from the area in question which is then sent away for analysis under a microscope.
Further tests, including blood tests, liver function tests, MRI scan and ultrasound are all available on-site and can be easily arranged when required.
Once the results of any investigations are back, your consultant will meet with you to discuss them with you and to explore treatment options. Treatment may involve:
If surgery is required, whether minor or more involved, this will be arranged for you at the earliest opportunity.
Many problems within the GI tract or abdomen can be treated by laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). Also known as minimally invasive surgery, small incisions are made in the abdomen and a thin tube with a camera and light at one end (laparoscope) inserted. Small surgical instruments can be used to carry out a range of operations, including bowel resection, gall bladder removal, a full range of hernia repair or removal of an inflamed appendix.
Laparoscopic surgery has a number of benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
For other conditions, open surgery may be required.
We treat private medical insurance and self-pay patients
When you choose to visit BMI Bishops Wood Hospital, you will benefit from:
Whether you have a pre-existing GI condition that you’d like us to help you manage better, or you have recently experienced new symptoms that are causing you concern, we can help.
For peace of mind and known expert care, book your general surgery appointment online now.
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