Irritable bowel syndrome or “IBS” is a common disorder of the gut characterised by bouts of abdominal pain, bloating and often a mixture of diarrhoea and constipation. It most commonly affects adults in their 20’s to 40’s and affects as many as 1 in 3 people in the UK.Read more about IBS
Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Both are characterised by chronic inflammation of the intestine leading to symptoms of diarrhoea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, fatigue and sometimes loss of weight. The conditions mainly occur in people between the ages of 20 and 40 but can occur in those much younger or older.
Colon cancer is a cancerous (malignant) growth of the lining of the colon (large intestine). Importantly, nearly all colon cancers start as tiny growths of the lining called polyps (adenomas) which are entirely benign for many years.Read more about Colon Cancer
Chronic globus sensation is defined as a persistent or intermittent non-painful sensation in the throat, lasting for 3 months. Globus is a common presenting symptom to GPs, and accounts for 1 in 20 referrals to Ear Nose and Throat clinics.
One cause is the Cervical Inlet patch. This is an area of aberrant stomach lining at the top of the oesophagus in very close proximity to the vocal cords. Due to its position this can irritate the back of the throat and cause globus, as well as cough, hoarseness and sore throat. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people are born with an inlet patch, though not all have symptoms. At London Digestion we are pioneering new treatments to treat globus due to inlet patch.
GORD (Gastro oesophgeal reflux disease) is one the most common digestive conditions, affecting most people at some point in their lifetime. Initial assessment should include an endoscopy to exclude any serious conditions, such as Barrett’s oesophagus. Usually, it can be managed with lifestyle changes and regular medication. In more serious cases, surgical correction is required to prevent reflux. Keyhole surgery is performed with either a fundoplication (stomach wrap) or LINX® device insertion. Both procedures are very successful in preventing reflux.Read more about GORD
Barrett’s oesophagus is the term used for a condition where the normal cells lining the oesophagus (gullet) have been replaced with abnormal cells. The main concern with this condition is that it can increase the risk of developing oesophageal cancer, now the 5th most common cause of cancer death in the UK. However, the majority of pateints with Barrett’s will not progress to cancer. Using state-of the art diagnostic tools we risk assess Barrett’s and provide treatment with endoscopic therapies (HALO RFA) when indicated.Read more about Barrett’s Oesophagus
Gallstones, in many cases, do not cause symptoms and are often found on scans performed for other reasons. However, in a significant proportion of people, gallstones can go on to cause symptoms. The commonest of these is pain (biliary colic) which is often severe and occurs in the upper part of the abdomen. London Digestion offers definite management of gallstones both in the elective and emergency setting.Read more about Gallstones
The liver breaks down waste products, stores energy, processes may medications and produces essential proteins for the body. Liver damage can progress silently, be it from alcohol, fatty change, viral infections or rarer disorders, but identifying these diseases early can make a big difference to future quality of life, and lifespan.
Endoscopy is an important tool for GI specialists to diagnose, and treat, a range of digestive disorders. It involves passing a flexible tube with a camera inside the human body (endoscope). The procedure is performed as a day case, often under conscious sedation, and has a short recovery time of 1-2 hours.
The quality of endoscopy is an important metric for how digestive diseases are diagnosed. At London Digestion we have a team of highly skilled endoscopists, who have demonstrated quality in their practice (high polyp detection rates, outstanding safety record, excellent patient comfort scores). Performed at world class facilities in London with the latest high definition imaging techniques, our mission is to provide state of the art high quality endoscopy in a comfortable setting.