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As gastroenterologists, we cannot stress enough the importance of bowel cancer screening. Bowel cancer is one of the most treatable cancers if detected early. We encourage you to BE PROACTIVE about bowel cancer screening.
It’s been experienced by many and can lead to the most embarrassing of outcomes. A bout of diarrhoea can make you feel like you are sitting on a time bomb, waiting for that unfortunate episode. Diarrhoea is often the centre of many jokes, BUT when do we need to take it seriously?
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (also known as SIBO) is more common that originally thought and can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life. The bacteria interfere with our normal digestion and absorption of food, and are associated with damage to the lining or membrane of the small intestine. Learn more about the causes, risk factors, symptoms and treatment options here.
The production and consumption of fermented foods have been part of many different cultures for a long time, as a way both of preserving food, and adding nutritional and probiotic value. Gastroenterologist Dr Joshua Butt enjoys the process of creating fermented foods at home with this family. He shares a simple recipe.
Many people will tell us that they simply feel better when they don’t eat gluten.Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and many find that when they omit gluten from their diet, that their symptoms subside.Could it be Coeliac Disease or is it Gluten Intolerance?
We’re not scared, and you shouldn’t be either.Kids LOVE toilet humour. Let’s take a lead from them and make it part of our conversation. Catching your next poo, may save your life.As gastroenterologists, our goal is to see a marked reduction in the rate of bowel cancer in the community. Most cases of bowel cancer can be prevented with screening. However, currently only 40% of the Australian population at risk of bowel cancer is undergoing screening.
Prior to having a colonoscopy, it is important that the bowel is clean so that the endoscopist can have a clear view of the colon. There are a number of different bowel preparations available for patients, and it is important that they are taken as instructed to ensure the bowel is well prepared for examination.
At GastroNorth, we are a like-minded group of gastroenterologists and endoscopists who not only work together in private practice, but also share the passion to support the community by servicing Melbourne's public hospitals, including The Northern Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital and Box Hill Hospital.