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Fast assessment and treatment for abdominal concerns
Your digestive tract (gastrointestinal/GI tract) stretches from mouth to anus and consists of:
Should something go wrong in any of these parts, it may cause a number of concerning symptoms to appear such as abdominal pain or a change in bowel habits.
General Surgery also investigates and treats hernias and unexplained ‘lumps and bumps’ in the abdomen.
If you are concerned about pain anywhere in your abdomen or have experienced a change in your bowel habits, it is important to seek expert assessment and advice.
Due to the complexity of the GI tract, many problems can have overlapping symptoms. Common reason people visit with our Consultant General Surgeons for help include:
While these symptoms do not always mean that something is wrong, it is worth seeking expert assessment as they may point towards a number of conditions. Some of the common conditions your Consultant will want to rule out for these symptoms include:
For some conditions, lifestyle factors like weight loss, exercise and dietary changes may help to relieve your symptoms and prevent reoccurrences in the future.
Prescribed medication can help a number of conditions such as acid reflux.
If surgery is required, many problems within the GI tract or abdomen can be treated with keyhole surgery (laparoscopy). Laparoscopy may be used gall bladder removal, hernia repair, removal of an inflamed appendix or removal of a spleen (splenectomy).
Benign (non-cancerous) skin lesions may be surgically excised (cut out).
If gallstones are causing problems, surgical removal of the gall bladder (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) may be advised.
Treatment will always be planned for your specific needs and what will be best for you.
When you meet with them, they will take a detailed medical history and will ask you about your symptoms. They will want to know:
Hernias are usually quite straightforward to diagnose, as your Consultant will be able to see a visible lump where the hernia is.
Surface skin lesions may be referred to our colleagues in Dermatology, although if it is just under the skin, we may be able to look at a simple excision to remove it.
Many GI tract symptoms are best investigated with endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light at the end. When it is introduced into the body, either at the mouth (for a Gastroscopy) or via the rectum (for a Colonoscopy), it provides excellent views of that part of the GI tract, allowing your Consultant to look 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.
You will normally be given some sedation for a Gastroscopy or Colonoscopy. While they aren’t painful, they may be a bit uncomfortable.
In addition to endoscopy and biopsy, other investigations that may be used to aid diagnosis include blood tests, MRI scan, CT scan and Ultrasound. These are all easily arranged for you on-site at The Meriden Hospital if required.
Once the results of any investigations are back, your Consultant will draw up a personalised treatment plan for your condition. Treatment may involve:
Whatever treatment you require, your Consultant will discuss it with you so that you know what to expect, the benefits you should expect to see and any risk or potential complications you should be aware of before making a decision. If you have any questions or concerns, they will be very happy to talk these through with you.
We treat patients with private medical insurance or those using one of our self-pay options.
Some people live in Coventry itself, while others travel from other parts of Warwickshire to benefit from the expertise of our Consultants.
When you choose to visit The Meriden Hospital for your General Surgery consultation, you will benefit from:
For peace of mind and known expert care, please contact us to book your private General Surgery appointment at The Meriden Hospital now.