Eastbourne Gastroenterology Service

gastroenterology

Your consultant also has access to other members of The Esperance consulting team such as consultant general surgeons or dieticians, depending on the investigations. If any further treatment is required, we provide fast access to minimise waiting times.

When it comes to your needs, you can expect our consulting team and staff to guide you from diagnosis through to treatment and recovery.

Common treatments we offer include:

IBS Treatment

Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition which causes digestive discomfort. Associated symptoms can include stomach cramps, diarrhoea, and bloating. You can’t eradicate IBS, but dietary and lifestyle adjustments can help to manage this condition.

Colitis

Colitis is a condition where the inner lining for the colon becomes inflamed. Inflammatory bowel disease, infection, diarrhoea, rectal pain, weight loss fatigue and allergic reactions can all be symptoms of colitis. There are a few different types of colitis and a variety of foods that can trigger symptoms. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition, but the main treatment is usually various types of medication. In some extreme cases, colon surgery may be required.

Gastroscopy

A gastroscopy is a type of procedure where a thin endoscopic tube is used to examine the oesophagus, stomach and the upper part of the small intestine. The tube has a small camera and a light to take a detailed look inside the body. A gastroscopy can be used to identify stomach ulcers, gastritis, and other abnormalities in the stomach upper part of the small intestine and the oesophagus.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a procedure where an endoscopic tube with a small light and a camera is used to examine the large intestine. Most colonoscopies are performed under sedation and afterwards patients can experience some gastric discomfort. The procedure takes around 30 minutes and can identify the cause of symptoms such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, constipation, diarrhoea and other problems associated with the large intestine.

Indigestion (dyspepsia)

Indigestion can causes associated symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux, excess gas, bloating and the feeling of being sick. Stomach and back pain are not associated symptoms and could be a sign of something else.

Liver Disease

Liver disease can be a result of excess weight, excessive consumption of alcohol, and other factors that could be hereditary. The associated symptoms are dark urine, swelling around the stomach area as well as feet and ankles. Some may experience skin problems such as itchiness and discolour. The eyes can also look slightly yellow. Nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and even discoloured stools with traces of blood in them can also become symptoms of liver disease.

Pancreatobiliary Disorders

Pancreatobiliary disorders relate to the pancreas, bile duct and gallbladder, which can cause problems such as infection, stones, tumours and, inflammation. The treatment for these types of problems can include of medication. Tumours, infection and stones require other methods of removal, either minimal invasively or by surgical removal.

A referral from a GP or other medical professional is usually required for most of our services. Ask your GP to refer you to BMI The Esperance Hospital. For further information or to arrange an appointment please contact us on 01323 411 188.