Gastroenterology

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

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Gastroenterology

3 Surprising ways you harmed your liver this summer

It’s not just excessive alcohol that can damage this vital organ. Lack of exercise, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and a poor diet can put you at risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Cape Epic

Less Germs – More Glory!

Over the upcoming eight days of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic, the race’s reputation as one of the world’s most recognised extreme races will once again be put to the

Gastroenterology

Gut instinct: the gut-brain connection explained

An intimately connected highway runs between our brain and gut, and the hormones generated in both these organs, which travel this biological highway, play a large role in dictating our

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Conditions

Could you have hepatitis C and not know it?

If you had a blood transfusion before 1990, got a tattoo while travelling or share nail scissors with someone who has hepatitis C virus (HCV), you might be at risk of severe liver damage.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • 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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
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.

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

Faecal transplantation

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

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.

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