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Expert assessment and treatment of abdominal concerns.
Your digestive tract (also known as the gastrointestinal/GI tract) is a series of organs, joined together in a long, hollow tube that runs from the mouth to the anus. Along its length, the GI tract has many different complex parts and processes, all working to help break food down so that it can be more easily absorbed by the body. It also removes waste products of food by expelling them as faeces.
The GI tract itself is often categorized into three different parts:
A Consultant General Surgeon also investigates and treats hernias.
Many GI tract or abdominal concerns can be treated by laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). Laparoscopy uses small incisions (cuts). This methods helps reduce scarring and speed up your recovery.
The Consultant General Surgeons at The Alexandra Hospital provide advanced laparoscopic surgery, including:
For other conditions, such as a complex bowel resection, open surgery may be required. Your Consultant will discuss surgical options with you so that you know the expected benefits and any potential risks.
When you meet with them here, they will take a careful look at your medical history and ask you to talk about your symptoms.
They may also carry out a clinical examination of your abdomen and pelvis.
Hernias are usually quite straightforward to diagnose in a consultation, as a visible lump will often be seen where the hernia is. Surface skin lesions may be referred to colleagues in Dermatology, although if it is just under the skin, your Consultant may be able to plan a simple excision to remove it.
The best way to investigate symptoms in the GI tract is with an endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light at one end. Depending on your symptoms, you may require a gastroscopy or colonoscopy. If either of these are required, they will be arranged for you at The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester at the earliest opportunity.
The endoscope gives your Consultant an excellent view of the relevant parts of the GI tract, and they will look carefully for any abnormalities, swellings or areas of concern. A small sample of tissue (biopsy) may be taken during this procedure, which will then be sent away for further analysis. If polyps are found, these can often be removed during the endoscopy.
Although neither investigation is painful, they can be uncomfortable, so you will be offered sedation or gas and air (nitrous oxide). If you have sedation, you won’t be able to drive yourself home and will need to arrange somebody to be with you for 12 – 24 hours afterwards.
In addition to endoscopy and biopsy, a number of other investigations can be helpful, including blood tests, MRI scans, CT scans and ultrasounds. Our comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities means that any of these investigations can be easily and quickly arranged for you. On-site radiologists report quickly on these diagnostic scans, so that your Consultant has your results and can formulate the best treatment plan for you sooner.
We treat private medical insurance and self-pay patients.
While many of our patients are from Manchester, excellent road access means that people from further afield can also easily benefit from the expertise of our leading Consultant General Surgeons.
When you choose to visit The Alexandra Hospital for a general surgery consultation, you will benefit from:
If you are concerned in any way about symptoms in your abdomen or digestive tract, why not book your private General Surgery appointment now?
You can call us on 0161 428 3656 or book an appointment with one of our specialists online.