There are many medical conditions that affect the gastrointestinal or digestive system, some of which are treatable, others which can be managed through medication and lifestyle.
The Gastroenterology team at Manchester Surgical Services have sub-specialties in gastroenterology (including liver disease) and colorectal surgery and can diagnose the signs and symptoms of various digestive diseases.
Examples of some of the procedures performed are:
- Gastroscopy – this is when a thin tube-like telescope is inserted through your mouth to look for any problems in your oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodenum (part of the small intestine). The procedure can take up to 10 minutes. Your throat will be numbed with an anaesthetic spray and you’ll probably have a sedative to help you relax.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy – this is a test that allows us to look inside your rectum and the lower part of your bowel using a narrow, flexible, tube-like telescope called a sigmoidoscope which can help detect inflammation, the presence of polyps and bowel cancer.
- Colonoscopy – this is an examination of the lining of the large bowel (bowel) using a thin flexible, tube-like telescope called a colonoscope, which is carefully passed through your back passage and into the colon. It is useful for finding out what is causing certain symptoms, or as a check-up for some bowel conditions.
We also have access to other forms of imaging and scans using partner hospitals, these include Ultrasound, CT and MR scans.
Our consultants have been chosen for their skill and expertise in a sub specialty area.