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Fast assessment and treatment for digestive system concerns
The digestive system comprises a number of different organs and processes to break food down so that it can be absorbed into the body. It also expels the waste products of food as faeces. Your digestive system is incredibly complex and the proper functioning of all the different parts of it is absolutely essential to your long-term health and vitality.
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract runs from the mouth to the anus and consists of a series of organs joined together into a long, hollow tube:
With so many parts and processes working together to ensure effective digestion and waste removal, a problem of any type within the digestive system has the potential to significantly impact both your health and your quality of life.
These problems may be the result of disease, dysfunction or damage, and will often cause concerning symptoms such as abdominal pain, changed bowel habits or heartburn.
The Consultant Gastroenterologists at The Meriden Hospital assess, diagnose and treat a very wide spectrum of digestive system complaints and concerns.
If you are worried at all about any of the symptoms (described below), they would be delighted to help you too.
For any of these symptoms, it is always a sensible course of action to get expert assessment and guidance. While it may be found that your symptoms are nothing to be concerned about, for your peace of mind, a consultation with a Consultant Gastroenterologist at The Meriden can help find out what is causing them and how they can be best treated.
Some of the common conditions that can affect the normal function of the digestive system are:
Due to the overlapping processes and function of many parts of the digestive system, many of these conditions can have quite similar symptoms. The expertise of a Consultant Gastroenterologist helps them to more easily narrow down the potential causes of your specific symptoms.
Many GI conditions are more easily and successfully treated at the earliest possible stage. This is why it is so important to seek medical advice as soon as possible when you first start noticing any symptoms. At The Meriden, we can easily and quickly book you a consultation with an experience Consultant Gastroenterologist. With earlier assessment and diagnosis, you will be able to start any treatment needed sooner.
A clinical examination may be carried out during your consultation.
It may be that your medical history, symptoms and the results of the physical examination are all that is needed to make a diagnosis at this point. Alternatively, it may be determined that your symptoms are being caused by something that does not need treatment.
However, for many conditions and symptoms, further investigations may be needed for specific areas or functions of the digestive system.
One of the best ways to investigate GI symptoms is with an endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light at one end. The camera transmits a live feed to a video screen.
Depending on your specific symptoms, you may need a Gastroscopy, a Colonoscopy, a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy or an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). If required, these are all easily and quickly arranged for you at The Meriden and will be carried out by your Consultant Gastroenterologist.
During any of these endoscopic investigations, your Consultant will be looking carefully for possible areas of concern, such as small lumps or a narrowing anywhere within the GI tract. A biopsy (small sample of tissue) may be taken and sent away for further analysis.
Although these investigations are not painful, they can be uncomfortable. You will be offered sedation) to help make things more comfortable for you, and gas & air (nitrous oxide) may be offered if you would prefer not have sedation.
Additional tests can also be helpful. These may include blood tests (including liver function tests), MRI scan, CT scan and ultrasound, all of which are available on-site at The Meriden and easily arranged if required.
Once the results of any further investigations are back, your Consultant will talk about treatment options with you, explaining the expected benefits as well as possible risks and complications, so that you can make an informed choice.
You will probably have some questions at this stage, and your Consultant will be very happy to discuss these with you, as well as any concerns you have.
Some conditions will require referral to a specialist in another field of medicine. (For example, if bowel cancer is discovered you will need to be referred to the Oncology team.) With fast access to leading experts in the different areas of medicine on-site, this is easily arranged at The Meriden.
Many of our patients live in Coventry and the surrounding areas, but excellent road links make it very easy to visit us from any part of Warwickshire. People also visit from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Birmingham for their Gastroenterology assessment and treatment.
When you visit one of the Consultant Gastroenterologists at The Meriden Hospital in Coventry, 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 Meriden Hospital soon.