Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
This condition is the reflux of gastric acid into the oesophagus. It usually associated with the symptom of reflux.
Peptic acid related disease
Excess peptic acid can cause inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) or stomach ulcers. It is usually associated with the symptom of indigestion.
Inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory bowel disease consists of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both are inflammatory diseases of the bowel which cause diarrhoea, abdominal pain and rectal bleeding. They usually require long term medical treatment.
Although we do not perform the surgery required to treat colorectal cancer, we are experts in diagnosing it at colonoscopy. The symptoms of colorectal cancer often involve rectal bleeding, a change in bowel habit, abdominal pain and more general features such as weight loss.
Polyps are benign (non-cancer growths) which occur in the large bowel (colon). Although very common in some patients they can grow over years and become cancerous. For this reason they need to be removed at colonoscopy.
Bowel cancer screening
Bowel cancer remains the second most common cancer in the United Kingdom. The outcome for bowel cancer treatment is unfortunately still poor and below European average. This is largely due to late presentation in the UK with advanced disease at the time of diagnosis.
Polyps are precancerous benign growths within the large bowel. Over years some can develop into cancer. It has been demonstrated that if these polyps are removed at the time of colonoscopy then the risk of cancer of bowel cancer is drastically reduced.
The bowel cancer screening programme has been rolled out across the UK with the intention of identifying cancers when they are at an early stage or large polyps before they become cancerous.
If you are worried regarding your risk of bowel cancer then we will be happy to discuss this with you.