The Highfield HospitalManchester Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 4LZ Directions
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Fast assessment and treatment for digestive system concerns
Your digestive system is responsible for breaking the food you eat down into smaller parts so they can be absorbed into the body. It is also responsible for removing waste products by expelling them as faeces. The digestive system reaches from mouth to anus and is incredibly complex, made up of many different parts and processes.
If you experience any type of problem in your digestive system, it may cause you concerning symptoms such as abdominal pain, heartburn, diarrhoea or constipation.
The Consultant Gastroenterologists at The Highfield Hospital treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms affecting the digestive system and would be delighted to help you too.
Problems can occur in any part of the digestive system, and certain symptoms may show up as a result. The symptoms commonly seen for digestive tract problems are:
Some of these symptoms may be quite frightening or concerning, and it can be sensible to get medical advice if you experience any of them. The Gastroenterology team at The Highfield Hospital can provide you with comprehensive investigation to determine the cause of your symptoms sooner.
There is often quite an overlap of symptoms with different conditions affecting the GI tract, making an accurate diagnosis crucial. Some of the common conditions we see include:
By getting a diagnosis of any of these conditions at an earlier stage, you will be able to benefit from any treatment sooner. Indeed, many of these conditions are best treated when found at the earliest possible stage, At The Highfield Hospital, we can provide you with comprehensive investigation from an expert without delay, so that any problems can be picked up quickly.
A physical examination may also be carried out.
This may be all that is needed to determine that your symptoms are not being caused by anything worrying or dangerous. However, many people will be referred for further investigations.
A lot of possible problems within the GI tract are most easily investigated using a special instrument known as an endoscope. This is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light at one end. The camera transmits a real time feed to an external screen.
Depending on your symptoms, you may have a Gastroscopy, a Colonoscopy or an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). All can be easily arranged for you at The Highfield Hospital.
Both investigations allow your Consultant to thoroughly examine the relevant part of the GI tract, and they will look carefully for anything unusual or of possible concern, such as bulges, lumps or a narrowing.
In both procedures, a biopsy can be taken. This involves removing a small sample of tissue from the area in question, which is then sent for examination under a microscope.
Endoscopic procedures are normally well tolerated, but they can occasionally be uncomfortable. A spray will be used to help reduce coughing and gagging during a gastroscopy, but some choose to also have a sedative injection. During a colonoscopy, an injection of a sedative and a pain-killing medication is often used, but some people chose to have no sedation or to use 'gas and air' (nitrous oxide) instead. Your Consultant will explain the different options available to you before the endoscopy.
Other tests, including blood tests, liver function tests, MRI scan and ultrasound, may be required and these are available on-site at The Highfield, and simply arranged.
Once results are back, your Consultant will draw up a personalised treatment plan for you. There may be occasions that referral to another specialist is required (for example, if surgery will be needed for severe Crohn’s disease), and this is easily done.
Your Consultant will always discuss treatment options with you so that you can make an informed choice about treatment. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, they will always be very happy to talk through them with you.
We treat patients with private medical insurance and those using a self-pay option.
While many of our patients live in Rochdale and the surrounding areas, excellent accessibility by private and public transport means that people can also easily visit from further afield.
When you choose to visit The Highfield Hospital, you will benefit from:
For peace of mind and known expert care for your symptoms, please contact us to book your Gastroenterology appointment now. We look forward to welcoming you to The Highfield Hospital soon.