Your consultant gastroenterologists specialise in diseases that disrupt the normal activity of your digestive organs. That includes everything from your oesophagus, down to your stomach, small intestine, and rectum; as well as your liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and bile ducts.
The absorption of nutrients and the removal of waste are essential to our wellbeing, and while some digestive complaints are just painful and inconvenient, many are much more serious and can cause severe problems if left untreated.
What Symptoms Indicate a Gastrointestinal Problem?
Most gastrointestinal problems, such as Crohn’s disease (an inflammation of the intestines), irritable bowel syndrome, and Coeliac disease (an inability to process gluten) will cause multiple symptoms. You should book an appointment if you are experiencing one or more of the following:
- Rectal bleeding
- Loss of appetite, weight, or energy
- Hard to control bowel movements or a change in bowel habits
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- Abdominal pain, bloating, or excessive gas
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How will my Problem be Diagnosed?
Hillsborough Private Clinic’s consultant gastroenterologists will ask about your symptoms and perform an examination, often with the aid of one or more of the following diagnostic procedures:
- Abdominal scan
- Blood tests
- Food allergy testing
Once your results have been returned, your consultant will either provide a diagnosis or order further tests. You will be given a chance to discuss the results with your consultant and ask questions at any point in the process.
Once the diagnosis has been determined, you will be offered the most effective treatment, which could be surgical or medicinal. In some cases, such as with Coeliac disease, you will also be offered advice on lifestyle changes that will provide relief and help you manage your condition. In cases where more than one viable treatment option is available, you will be advised and can then ask questions to decide which one is right for you.
Referrals can be made to Ms Marion O’Connor, our Specialist Dietitian who can advise on dietary support in gastrointestinal problems.
Our clinic has access to a state-of-the-art theatre and radiology facility and also performs common treatments including oesophageal dilatation, polyp cauterisation and removal, and biopsies.
Book a Consultation with Your Gastroenterology Specialist Today
Hillsborough Private Clinic is a leading provider of healthcare, using the latest and best diagnostic tools and treatments to provide relief from your gastroenterology problems. Our clinic in Hillsborough is fully-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals.
Gastroenterological issues are uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing, but you will feel completely at home in our welcoming private clinic. Every staff member, from the receptionist to your consultant, will work to make you feel at ease and at home.