Gastroenterology

Our doctors talk about symptoms, diseases and treatment relating to the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

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Conditions

Maintaining a Listeria-free kitchen

Listeriosis is a serious disease caused by the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes and is transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated food products. While anyone can get listeriosis, those at high risk of severe disease include pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly, persons with underlying conditions such as diabetes, cancer, chronic liver or kidney disease, and persons with weakened immune systems due to HIV, cancer or chemotherapy.

Gastroenterology

What is a faecal occult blood test?

Has your doctor recommended you have a faecal occult blood test to see if there’s blood in your stools? This test is used to diagnose bleeding disorders in your gut, including screening for early colon cancer. Get the lowdown here.

Babies

Lactose intolerance in children

We speak to a dietician and paediatrician to find out more about lactose intolerance in children and whether it is advisable to cut their dairy intake.

Conditions

Appendicitis, the most common abdominal emergency

Appendicitis is the most common abdominal emergency, accounting for thousands of hospital admissions across South Africa annually. Every individual has a 7% to 8% lifetime chance of developing the condition, the management and treatment of which remains surgery.

Conditions

Could you have a stomach ulcer?

We look at the causes and treatments of stomach ulcers.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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Conditions

GORD: More than indigestion

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease isn’t just heartburn or bad indigestion. We asked a Mediclinic gastroenterologist to explain exactly what this disease is.

Gastroenterology

Your digestive system

We take a look at the many processes that happen to the food you eat as it moves through your digestive system.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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Children up to 12

Myth-busting the common stomach bug

When it comes to home cures for gastro, there are quite a number that do the rounds. We investigated the validity of three common ones.

Expert Articles

The ins and outs of endoscopies

Dr Naayil Rajabally, a gastroenterologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, answers FAQs on endoscopies, which can be life-saving procedures.

First Aid

Food poisoning vs tummy bug

Dr Brauer gives his advice on telling the difference between holiday food poisoning and getting a tummy bug… and what to do about it

Expert Articles

Digestive system myths – fact or fiction?

Dr Naayil Rajabally, a gastroenterologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, busts some digestive system myths.

Expert Articles

What causes hernias?

What a hernia is, how it’s treated and what happens if it’s left untreated.

Expert Articles

Gastroenteritis

It’s important to understand what causes gastroenteritis and when you need medical assistance.

Expert Articles

Crohn’s Disease

A colonoscopy will help diagnose Crohn’s disease – this is what it is and how you can treat it.

Expert Articles

What is diverticulitis?

More than 50% of people 70 and older will have diverticulitis. Dr Cornè Kruger, a gastroenterologist at Mediclinic Durbanville talks us through this illness of the colon that can creep up on us with age.

Expert Articles

Colonoscopy 101

Does the thought of a colonoscopy give you a bad gut feel? Fear not, it is no longer the uncomfortable experience it once was, says Dr Peter Barrow, Mediclinic consultant gastroenterologist. He tells us what to expect when it’s time to take that test.

Expert Articles

Heartburn revisited

What is the difference between heartburn and GORD? Here’s what you should know.

Expert Articles

Relief from heartburn

Meet our expert Dr Peter Barrow, a gastroenterologist at Mediclinic’s Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. Could my chest pain be heartburn, and is it anything to do with my heart?

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