Shirley Oaks HospitalPoppy Lane, Shirley Oaks Village, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 8AB Directions
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Fast assessment and treatment for your digestive system concerns
Your digestive system breaks food down so that it can be absorbed into the body. It then works to remove the leftover waste products that cannot be used by the body by expelling them as faeces. Your digestive system is incredibly complex, comprising many different parts and functions. A healthy digestive system is absolutely vital to the proper functioning and health of your body.
Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract stretches from mouth to anus and is made up of:
If a problem occurs in any of these parts of the digestive system, whether it is caused by disease, dysfunction or damage, it can have a significant effect on your health, vitality and energy levels. Many problems in the digestive system will cause noticeable symptoms, such as pain in the abdomen, bloating or heartburn.
The Consultant Gastroenterologists at The Shirley Oaks Hospital provide expert assessment, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of digestive system conditions and symptoms. They would be delighted to help you too.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or you have had an abnormal liver function test result, it is always sensible to see medical advice. While your symptoms may not be a cause for concern, proper assessment can help with your peace of mind. The Gastroenterology team at Shirley Oaks are experts in this field, providing comprehensive investigation of your symptoms to find out what is causing them and what the best treatment would be for you.
Because of the size and complexity of the digestive system, many conditions will often have overlapping symptoms. This is where the expertise of a Consultant Gastroenterologist helps, as they are able to narrow down causes.
Some of the common conditions that affect the healthy functioning of the digestive system include:
Many of these conditions are more easily treated when they’re found at the earliest possible stage.
At Shirley Oaks, we can offer you rapid access to comprehensive investigation from an expert. By getting earlier assessment and diagnosis, you will be able to see the benefits of any treatment sooner.
A physical examination may also be carried out during the consultation.
It may be that a diagnosis can be made at this stage, or that your symptoms are nothing to be concerned about. For other symptoms, you may be referred for further tests to investigate specific parts of functions of your digestive system.
One of the most helpful tools when investigating problems within of the digestive system is endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light at one end. The camera transmits a real time image to a video screen
Depending on your symptoms, you may need to have a Gastroscopy, a Colonoscopy or an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). If needed, these will all be arranged for you at Shirley Oaks at the earliest opportunity.
During any of these endoscopic investigations, your Consultant will look for any abnormalities or areas of possible concern, such as small lumps or any narrowing in the GI tract. If needed, a biopsy (small sample of tissue) may be taken and sent away for further analysis.
While not painful, these investigations can be uncomfortable, so you will normally be offered sedation or gas & air (nitrous oxide) to help make things more comfortable for you.
Once any investigations have been carried out, your Consultant will discuss suitable treatment options with you so that you can make an informed choice about treatment. If you have any questions or concerns at any stage, they will be very happy to talk these through with you.
If you need to be referred to another specialist (for example, if bowel cancer is discovered you will be referred to the Oncology team) this will be done without delay.
Many of our patients live in Croydon and the surrounding areas of Surrey, but good road and public transport links make it very easy to visit us from further afield as well.
When you visit a Consultant Gastroenterologist at The Shirley Oaks Hospital in Croydon, you will benefit from:
For peace of mind and known expert care, book your gastroenterology appointment online now.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Shirley Oaks Hospital soon.