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Fast assessment and treatment for abdominal concerns
Your digestive tract is an incredibly complex combination of organs, functions and of processes, responsible for breaking the food you eat down so that it can be absorbed by the body. It is also responsible for removing waste products of food from the body as faeces.
Should anything stop or disrupt any part or function of the digestive system – whether disease, damage or disorder - it can cause serious health problems. You may also experience symptoms such as abdominal pain or a change in your bowel habits.
If you are concerned about pain anywhere in your abdomen, or have noticed a change in your bowel habits, it is sensible to seek medical advice to get things properly investigated.
At BMI Highfield Hospital in Lancashire, our consultants provide diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of abdominal and digestive tract conditions, without delay. They would be delighted to help you too.
General Surgery also investigates and treats hernias and unexplained ‘lumps and bumps’ in the abdomen.
Due to the complex structure and function of the GI tract, many conditions that affect it will often have very similar symptoms. This makes it so important to get an accurate diagnosis from a specialist.
Common reason people come to us for help include:
Any of these symptoms may indicate a problem somewhere in the GI tract, so proper investigation and assessment is important. Some of the conditions that may cause these symptoms include:
Hernias can often be diagnosed easily, as a lump will usually be visible.
Many GI tract symptoms are best investigated with an endoscopy. If needed, this will be arranged for you at the earliest possible date.
An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light at the end. Depending on your symptoms, it can be introduced into the body at the mouth (for a Gastroscopy) or the rectum (for a Colonoscopy).
The endoscope transmits a real time video to an external screen, giving your consultant excellent visibility of the inside of the GI tract. They will look closely for anything unusual, such as a swelling or narrowing in the tract as the endoscope is moved through relevant parts of the GI tract.
For either type of endoscopy, if anything is seen that warrants further investigation a small sample of tissue (biopsy) can be taken, which is sent away for analysis under a microscope.
Your consultant can also refer you for further diagnostic tests like blood tests, or MRI, CT and ultrasound scans if required.
Once the results of any investigations are back, you will meet with your consultant again to discuss the results and to explore suitable treatment options. Treatment may involve:
Surgery for many conditions, such as hernias and gall bladder problems, can often be done laparoscopically (keyhole surgery). This minimally invasive approach to surgery avoids the need for large, deep incision in the skin and often gives a shorter recovery time, less pain after surgery and reduced scarring.
We treat private medical insurance and self-pay patients, and you can self-refer to avoid delay.
While many of our patients are fairly local to the hospital, people travel from much further way for treatment, particularly for more complex procedures where a consultant has particular expertise in that area.
When you choose to visit BMI The Highfield Hospital for a private General Surgery consultation, you will benefit from:
For peace of mind and known expert care, why not book your General Surgery appointment now? We look forward to welcoming you to BMI The Highfield Hospital and helping to get you back to better health as soon as possible.
Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and six months of aftercare.
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