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The diagnosis and treatment of bowel conditions.
A doctor who specialises in this field of medicine is known as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon.
Some of the common reasons people visit one or more of our Consultants at The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester include:
Experiencing any of these symptoms can be understandably upsetting, but it’s important not to worry right away. The sensible course of action to take is to book an appointment with one of our dedicated Consultants, who will see you quickly and offer expert advice and investigation.
Many bowel conditions can have overlapping symptoms, making an accurate diagnosis vitally important in seeking the right treatment for you.
Conditions that affect the lower gastrointestinal tract include:
Inflammatory bowel conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease can often be managed with medication, which will be prescribed by your Consultant. More severe cases may require surgery to remove part of your bowel.
Fissures can sometimes be successfully treated with ointments or medication. However, surgery will sometimes be needed. The same stands for fistulas.
Similarly, an infected pilonidal sinus can often be treated with antibiotics. Any pus will need to be drained. Surgery may be needed in some cases.
Haemorrhoids can be treated in several ways, including:
Your Consultant will discuss the best approach for you in detail, as some methods may be more effective for different types of haemorrhoids.
If bowel cancer is diagnosed, you will usually be referred directly to our Oncology team for the best possible support, care and treatment. If your symptoms are interfering with your normal everyday routine, you’ll appreciate fast access to assessment and treatment, as well as a clear and supportive path to recovery. Our network of dedicated Consultants and healthcare professionals would be delighted to provide you with this.
They will also perform a physical examination and may refer you for further investigations.
If you have been experiencing rectal bleeding, or a change in bowel habits, your Consultant will usually want to carry out an endoscopic procedure to investigate more fully. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on one end. It transmits a live feed to an external monitor.
The two types of endoscopic tests normally used for diagnosing a colorectal problem are:
A colonoscopy is a way of thoroughly examining the whole of your bowel. The endoscope is introduced through the anus and moved through the bowel. While this is not a painful procedure, it can be uncomfortable, so you will usually be offered sedation or gas. If you have sedation, you will need somebody to take you home and then stay with you until the effects of the sedation have fully worn off. Before a colonoscopy, the bowel needs to be fully emptied. This is done with a strong laxative. This will be fully explained to you in your consultation before the procedure.
Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a slightly simpler investigation that only looks at the left side of the bowel. It is commonly performed when somebody has been experiencing rectal bleeding. Similar to a colonoscopy, the endoscope is introduced through the anus to give your consultant a video of the lower part of your bowel. This can be a helpful way of also looking at haemorrhoids or piles. Often, these can be treated at the same time by your consultant.
With either a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy, your Consultant will be able to look very carefully for any abnormalities, damage or areas of interest. A biopsy may be taken during the endoscopy and then sent for analysis. While they may both help with locating the source and cause of your symptoms, they can also often rule out concerns such as bowel cancer.
After either procedure, your Consultant will talk you through the results and explain the next steps in terms of treatment options or further investigations.
As the largest private hospital in the country outside of London, many of our Colorectal Consultants have national and international recognition. They see patients from Manchester and the surrounding areas. Due to our easy access, excellent facilities and superb reputation, many people also travel from Europe for treatment.
When you choose The Alexandra Hospital for treatment, you will benefit from:
For peace of mind and expert care, why not book your appointment today?
We look forward to welcoming you to The Alexandra Hospital and helping you get back to better health.
For more information, call us directly on 0161 428 3656 or book an appointment with one of our Consultants online.