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Get your abdominal pain diagnosed and treated
A full diagnosis is needed if you’ve been experiencing anything from pain in your abdomen, to changes in your bowel habits.
At our JAG accredited Endoscopy unit here at The Beardwood, our General Surgeons can provide you with that full diagnosis promptly, along with a bespoke treatment plan to give you relief from your symptoms, either through medication, minor surgery, or an operation.
Book a consultation and assessment with us today, and let us help you work towards freedom from your symptoms.
Another aspect of General Surgery looks at hernias and lesions of the skin. These are usually straightforward to diagnose, as your consultant will be able to see a visible lump where the hernia is. Surface skin lesions can be referred to our colleagues in Dermatology, but if the lesion lies just under the skin, we can look at a simple excision to have it removed.
Symptoms relating to the GI tract can overlap, but the common aspects include:
These symptoms can indicate a number of conditions. Some of the common conditions your consultant will be looking out for include:
When symptoms are present that could indicate various conditions, diagnosis normally involves an investigative Endoscopic procedure. Depending on whether your symptoms are primarily related to the upper or lower GI tract, this will most likely be either a Gastroscopy or a Colonoscopy.
Both of these procedures involve introducing an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera attached to the end) into your body to help your consultant look at the lining of your upper GI tract or bowel. The scope is introduced either down the back of your throat (Gastroscopy) or via the rectum (Colonoscopy), and you will be given a form of anaesthetic or sedation, depending on your needs.
Depending on symptoms and the findings of your endoscopic procedure, your consultant may take a biopsy (small sample of tissue) at the same time. This can either be an ‘excision biopsy’ where the concerning tissue is completely taken out and dealt with, or a small biopsy of the problem is taken and sent away to the laboratory for analysis. Once a full analysis has been made, your consultant can decide which specialist can best deal with it, informing your treatment plan.
Once investigations have been completed, your consultant can draw up a personalised management plan for your condition. This could take the form of medication, which can be collected from our dedicated on-site pharmacy, minor operations, or a more involved surgery.
Minor procedures can often be done through the endoscope at the same time as your Gastroscopy/Colonoscopy, saving you the need for further surgery. For example, haemorrhoids discovered during a colonoscopy can be dealt with then and there, placing rubber bands around them to shrink them up.
When it comes to surgery, our aim is to deliver any surgical intervention as a day case procedure. With exceptional care offered round the clock from experienced consultants and an expert nursing team, your surgery will be handled efficiently in state-of-the-art operating theatres, fitted with the best possible equipment.
If you have a pre-existing gastrointestinal condition that needs managing, or you’ve experienced symptoms such as pain in your upper or lower abdomen, why not get in touch with our reception team today to book a consultation? Our consultants can organise the necessary diagnostic tests to investigate your symptoms, and outline all treatment options for you promptly, arranging any further scans or surgery if required.
For peace of mind and expert care, book an appointment online now.