Have you been told that you need a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy allows your doctor to take a look at your colon and rectum to find cancer or polyps. It is a safe examination with very few risks. Dr John Martin tells us a bit more about what to expect after a colonoscopy and what recovery looks like.
It seems that gluten has developed a bad reputation these days, with many of us opting for gluten-free alternatives and cutting out a key part of our diet altogether. But does everyone really need to eat this way? Top gastroenterologist Dr Aathavan Loganayagam is here to explain the symptoms of the medical conditions that may require some people to eat a gluten-free diet.
It is estimated that up to 10% of the population will have an episode of rectal bleeding each year. Finding blood in your stool is often caused by anal fissures and piles, however you may be worried that something else more sinister might be causing it. Dr Evangelos Russo is a skilled gastroenterologist based in London and offers us his advice on what might be causing blood in your stool.
Colonoscopies after the age of 50 become a regular procedure to check inside the colon for abnormalities. Nowadays, a virtual colonoscopy is available to patients and offers a non-invasive and less aggressive alternative to a regular colonoscopy. But what happens during the procedure and can it offer more reliable results? Dr John Martin, a leading gastroenterologist in London, explains what a virtual colonoscopy is and why it might be right for you.
Polyps are abnormal growths within the colon that vary in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres. Most of these are not cancerous, but some have the potential to develop into a cancer. Because of this risk, your doctor will very likely recommend that these are removed via a polypectomy. Here gastroenterologist Dr John Martin talks you through all you need to know about polyps and having a polypectomy.
Radiotherapy used to target cancers of the bladder or bowel may leave patients with secondary problems such as incontinence, constipation and diarrhoea. These are the symptoms of pelvic radiation disease, and here, expert gastroenterologist Dr Shameer Mehta explains how they are treated.
By 2020 medical experts predict that well over a million colonoscopies will be performed in the UK. We've asked leading London gastroenterologist Dr Aathavan Loganayagam just why the figure is so high and whether it is necessary.
If you're going through rounds of radiotherapy for pelvic cancer, such as prostate or cervical cancer, you may be living with some unfortunate side effects that include bloating, diarrhoea or rectal bleeding. We've asked expert gastroenterologist Dr Shameer Mehta what happens with radiotherapy and the digestive system.
Do you feel full quickly after only eating a small part of your meal? Is it followed by abdominal pain and feelings of nausea? It could be a case of gastroparesis. Fortunately, top gastroenterologist Dr Aathavan Loganayagam is here to explain the symptoms and how the stomach disease is diagnosed and treated.
As you get older, small pouches called diverticula can form in the lining of the intestines. They may not cause any problems and some people might never realise they have them. However, in other people, they can cause bothersome symptoms. This is called diverticular disease. Expert Mr Giovanni Tebala explains.