Gastroenterology

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

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GORD: More than indigestion

Posted on 20 March 2017

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

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Your digestive system

Posted on 24 June 2016

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

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Myth-busting the common stomach bug

Posted on 23 January 2015

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.

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The ins and outs of endoscopies

Posted on 16 January 2015

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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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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  • 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 hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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Food poisoning vs tummy bug

Posted on 13 January 2015

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

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Faecal transplantation

Posted on 4 September 2014

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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Digestive system myths – fact or fiction?

Posted on 30 May 2014

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

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What causes hernias?

Posted on 15 November 2013

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

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Gastroenteritis

Posted on 5 September 2013

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

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Crohn’s Disease

Posted on 30 August 2013

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

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What is diverticulitis?

Posted on 11 April 2013

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.

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Colonoscopy 101

Posted on 4 April 2013

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.

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Heartburn revisited

Posted on 9 October 2012

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

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Relief from heartburn

Posted on 30 July 2012

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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