HOW IS FUNCTIONAL BOWEL DISORDER DIAGNOSED?
Firstly, it is very important to rule out other conditions of the gut including cancers and inflammatory diseases. Investigations such as GI endoscopy (upper or lower) and imaging (ultrasound, CT, MRI) are necessary depending on the nature of the presentation.
If these are clear, then a second level of more complex investigations can take place. These can look specifically at the function of the gut and see how it is working and include physiology, impedance, acid exposure, specific tests for bacterial overgrowth, gut transit and many others.
Our patients say . . .
I just want to say a huge BIG thank you to for doing my hiatus hernia operation – I feel like a new person and am so grateful for all your care and consideration that has made such a difference for me.
My surgery has been more successful than I ever hoped for. From the time I woke up in the theatre recovery are to find I was able to take deep breath. I had not realised that I did not have the freedom to breathe deeply before the surgery. I simply thought that I was unfit as I was unable to exercise comfortably swimming, walking or Pilates. I feel so well and my quality of life has improved beyond any hopes.
Following my Heller Cardiomyotomy I am pleased to tell you that at this moment it would appear to be 100% successful. It is no exaggeration to say it has transformed my life.
I must tell you how wonderful it is not to suffer constant acid reflux anymore it’s amazing. Thank you for everything.
I cannot thank you enough for your great care through my surgery. Great to be able to eat normally.
I would just like to say a huge thank you for the exceptional support I received from you. I’m happy to say I am eating normally again and am totally reflux free. Keep on doing the wonderful job you do.
Thank you so much for giving me back the enjoyment of eating and drinking everything again. For so long my acid reflux has dominated my life, making it rather miserable at times but since my operation I am one hundred per cent better and can’t believe the difference it has made, it’s just wonderful.
I have no acid reflux problems and it has made such a difference for my lifestyle. Thank you very, very much for all that you have done for me.
I would like to congratulate you and your team who performed my gallbladder removal it has been a completely painless experience with no side effects what so ever.
Many thanks for all your care, kindness and attention during my recent gallbladder problems.
South West Reflux now work in close collaboration with the Functional Gut Clinic, internationally renowned experts in this field, and who now have set up a service at Nuffield Health Exeter. This enables us to offer the entire range of complex investigations as required to understand your condition as best as possible.