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 appreciated the kindly and sensitive way you receive me and conducted the consultation.
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.
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.
I wanted to say thank you for everything you have done for me by offering me the LINX Surgery and completely changing my quality of life for the better.
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 must tell you how wonderful it is not to suffer constant acid reflux anymore it’s amazing. Thank you for everything.
I would like to thank you so much for your help skill and expertise in dong this [abdominal wall hernia repair] and giving me my life back.
After nearly four years of pain and sickness every time I ate or drank, I can now do both normally without any sign of pain or sickness at all. It has made a tremendous difference to my life.
My husband and I would like to thank you for all you effort curing my hernia problem … my breathing is much improved. I look forward to a much better quality of life.
A quick note to say thank you for my cholecystectomy – absolutely brilliant.
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.