Gastroenterology

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

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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.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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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.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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

Faecal transplantation

Would you consider a procedure called ‘faecal transplant’? Find out how it could treat a recurring bacterial infection.

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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