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Fast assessment and treatment for digestive system concerns
The experienced Consultant Gastroenterologists at BMI The Hampshire Clinic in Basingstoke, Hampshire help people aged 18+ with a wide variety of digestive conditions and symptoms. They would be delighted to help you too.
Your digestive system is amazingly complex, consisting of many different parts, processes, and functions. Together, these all help break food down into smaller parts so it can be absorbed by the body. It is also responsible for removing the waste products of food (as faeces).
If any type of problem occurs anywhere with the digestive system – whether through disease, damage, or dysfunction - it can affect your general health and quality of life, and may cause concerning symptoms such as heartburn, abdominal pain, or rectal bleeding.
Symptoms that may indicate a problem within the digestive system include:
Due to the complex nature of the digestive system, many of the conditions that affect it will often have overlapping symptoms. This makes an accurate diagnosis essential, to make sure you receive the most appropriate treatment.
Common GI tract conditions include:
Many GI conditions are best treated at the earliest possible stage, making fast assessment and diagnosis important. At BMI The Hampshire Clinic, we can arrange comprehensive investigation for you quickly and get you the help you need sooner.
A physical examination may also be carried out.
It may be found that your symptoms do not have a worrying cause and that no treatment will be required. Other conditions may require further investigation to help with diagnosis. This will often be by endoscopy.
An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light at one end. The camera transmits a live feed to an external video screen.
Depending on your symptoms, you may need to have a Gastroscopy, a Colonoscopy, or an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). If any of these are needed, they will be arranged for you at BMI The Hampshire Clinic as soon as possible. They cannot be carried out on the same day, as they require some preparation beforehand (a colonoscopy for example needs the bowel completely emptied and clear).
Both these investigations give your Consultant an excellent opportunity to carefully examine the relevant part of the GI tract for any abnormalities, such as swellings, bumps, lumps or narrowings, or areas of possible concern.
During all three of these procedures, a biopsy may be taken for further analysis if required.
Endoscopic procedures are occasionally uncomfortable. For a gastroscopy, a spray will often be used to reduce coughing and gagging. Many patients also choose to have an injection of a sedative to make things more comfortable. For a colonoscopy, an injection of a sedative and a pain-killing medication will often be used, but some people choose not to have sedation. Others will choose to have 'gas and air' (nitrous oxide) for pain relief instead. Your gastroenterologist will explain all available options to you beforehand so that you can choose what will be best for you.
Other tests that may be needed include blood tests, liver function tests, MRI scan, CT scan, and ultrasound. All of these can be easily arranged for you if needed.
Once your Consultant has confirmed a diagnosis, they will draw up a personalised treatment plan for you. Some conditions and diagnoses will require referral to another on-site specialist, and this is easily arranged.
When you choose to visit a Consultant Gastroenterologist at BMI The Hampshire Clinic, you will benefit from:
Whether you have a pre-existing GI condition that is not being managed by your current treatment plan or have new symptoms that are causing you concern, we can help you. For peace of mind and known expert care, please contact us to book your private Gastroenterology appointment today.
Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and six months of aftercare.
We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code.
Pay for yourself with monthly repayments spread over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)