Gastroenterology is the field of medicine focusing upon the rage of conditions, which affect the stomach and intestine.
The skilled consultants at London Bridge Hospital are able to diagnose and treat a range of diseases and conditions, including digestive disorders and nutrition issues, such as:
- Acid reflux disease
- Chronic digestive disorders
- Crohns & Colitis
- Diagnosing bowel cancer
- Dyspepsia (heartburn)
- Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing)
- Irritable bowel disease – IBD
- Irritable bowel syndrome - IBS
- Nutrition deficiencies
- Obesity issues
- Stomach ulcers and tumours
Gastroenterology at The London Bridge Hospital
The Gastroenterology Department provides patients with access to leading advances in treatment and research, supporting patients throughout diagnosis, treatment, recovery and aftercare, including expert dietary advice.
We can recommend minimally invasive treatments and are leaders in neurogastroenterology research. This branch of research looks at the relationship between the central nervous system and digestive system. This covers motility and functional bowel disorders, including IBS and functional dyspepsia.
We pride ourselves on having a multidisciplinary team at London Bridge Hospital that provides comprehensive, tailored dietary advice to our patients.
We provide a number of treatments, including:
Gastroscopy – a procedure where a small camera is passed through your mouth and into the stomach or intestine. This is carried out in order to inspect the interior of the stomach, identifying issues within the gastrointestinal tract and removing abnormal growths.
Capsule endoscopy – this diagnostic procedure involves taking pictures of the walls of the bowel to detect abnormal lesions, such as ulcers and tumours. This is done by swallowing a pill-sized video capsule. The capsule has built in lights and a camera that capture images as the capsule travels slowly through the bowels, before being naturally excreted.
Colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy – these exploratory procedures enable analysis of the rectum and colon. A small camera attached to a flexible tube is used during the examination and allows a consultant to take biopsies and to remove polyps from the colon.
Oesophageal pH and manometry – this procedure evaluates dysphagia by positioning a thin tube covered in pressure sensors in the oesophagus. This sensor then measures pressure as the oesophagus contracts.
ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram) – this combination of an endoscopy and X-ray is performed to assess obstructions in the main bile duct.
Bowel cancer diagnosis– We can diagnose bowel cancer through various means, including stool analysis and colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy procedure, our specialists take biopsies and remove polyps before they become malignant.
Why choose gastroenterology facilities at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients
Fast access to appointments and treatment – we aim to provide our patients with appointments within 24 hours of them contacting us. Our team strives to achieve results from diagnostic testing as soon as possible, in order to begin treatment quickly. The experts at London Bridge Hospital are leaders in their field and equipped to diagnose and treat many different stomach and intestinal issues.
Advanced gastroenterology technology – being positioned on the cutting-edge of medical technology enables us to provide the best possible diagnostic and treatment procedures to our patients. Our Endoscopy department uses the latest technology and has been JAG accredited in 2015 (link here to page on main hospital website).
World-class quality of care – at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients, we guarantee the quality of patient care is of the highest standard. When patients visit our gastroenterology facility their aim is to return to health. Ours is to provide the best possible outcome, from accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to leaving our care having made a full recovery.
To find out more about our gastroenterology facilities at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients, email or call 020 7234 2009 to book an appointment.
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