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Abdominal concerns and hernias assessed rapidly
When any part of your digestive system stops working properly it can cause a number of symptoms, some of which may be quite concerning to experience.
Common reasons you may wish to see a General Surgery Consultant include:
Colorectal specialists focusing on the lower GI tract, and help with symptoms and conditions like:
Other conditions commonly seen and treated by a Consultant General Surgeon are:
Whether you have a pre-existing condition that needs review, or have new symptoms that are concerning you, why not book an appointment with one of our Consultant General Surgeons? Rapid assessment and fast, accurate diagnosis mean you will be able to receive any treatment needed at an earlier stage.
Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) can be used for many General Surgery conditions. Very small incisions are made in the abdomen, and a laparoscope (a thin tube with a camera and light at one end) inserted. Small surgical instruments are then used to carry out a range of operations, including bowel resection, gall bladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy), all types of hernia repair or removal of an inflamed appendix.
Laparoscopic surgery has a number of benefits over traditional “open” surgery, including:
For some conditions, open surgery may be required. During your private appointment, your Consultant will be very happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
If you are diagnosed with a long-term (chronic)) condition, such as IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome) or Diverticular disease, your Consultant will tailor a management plan to your specific needs, to help manage symptoms as well as possible and to help you deal with any flare-ups should they occur. Treatment within your management plan may include dietary advice, as well as prescription medication such as an anti-spasmodic, probiotics, or laxatives, depending on your specific symptoms.
Haemorrhoids and other proctology conditions may be best treated with:
Some hernias can be safely left alone, while others will require surgery to prevent them from growing and causing more pain. Hernia repair is often able to be carried out by laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.
Should cancer be diagnosed, you will be referred to the appropriate Oncology team for treatment.
Your Consultant will take a detailed medical history and will ask you about the symptoms you’re having. They will want to know things like:
Depending on your symptoms, they may carry out a physical examination of your abdomen.
Occasionally a Faecal Immunochemical Test (‘FIT’ stool test) will be arranged. This is used to looks for blood in the stool that cannot be seen by the eye (this is known as ‘occult’ blood). If blood is present, your Consultant will normally arrange for you to have a colonoscopy.
For a bowel cancer screening, your Consultant will arrange an investigative colonoscopy. A colonoscopy cannot be carried out on the same day as your first appointment, as the bowels need to be emptied and completely clear beforehand. This is done using a special preparation
If your consultant suspects gallstones, an abdominal ultrasound may be arranged.
Many GI tract symptoms are best investigated by endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light at the end. When moved through different sections of the GI tract, your Consultant can check for any abnormalities or areas of possible concern. It is an exceptionally valuable diagnostic tool for Gi issues.
Depending on where you are experiencing your symptoms, you may require a:
With any of these investigations, a biopsy may be taken for further analysis if anything unusual or uncertain is seen. A tiny sample of tissue is taken from the area in question and sent away for analysis under a microscope.
Further tests, including blood tests, liver function tests, MRI, CT, and ultrasound can all be easily arranged if needed. (N.B. CT scans are normally carried out at our sister hospital, BMI The Kings Oak Hospital.)
Once a diagnosis has been made, your consultant will meet with you to discuss treatment options.
When you choose to visit BMI Hendon Hospital in London, you will benefit from:
For peace of mind and known expert care, why not contact us today to book your private General Surgery appointment? We look forward to welcoming you to BMI Hendon Hospital and helping you to get the support you need without delay.
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