The team of consultants at The London Gastroenterology Centre is led by Professor Laurence Lovat, consultant gastroenterologist at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. All the consultants are leaders in their field and work in the NHS at major London teaching hospitals.
If you suffer from gut disorders such as reflux, indigestion, heartburn, bloating, diarrhoea, gallstones or hernias you can receive treatment with The London Gastroenterology Centre at the following outstanding private hospitals and clinics in London:
The specialists at The London Gastroenterology Centre are all experts in endoscopy and colonoscopy, and each has a particular focus of interest, including:
Indigestion affects one in 3 people at least once a month. In only a small minority does it cause more serious problems, but if you belong to that minority, the team at The London Gastroenterology Centre can help.
Heartburn is also known as acid indigestion.
Heartburn, the most common symptom of acid reflux, affects a quarter of adults in the UK each month. Heartburn has now replaced stomach ulcers as one of the commonest reasons for people visiting their GP.
The oesophagus is the muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. Barrett’s oesophagus occurs when the tissue lining the oesophagus is replaced by tissue that is similar to the intestinal lining, in a process called intestinal metaplasia. Sufferers from Barrett’s oesophagus are at increased risk of certain types of cancer.
It is not known what causes achalasia. Most people with achalasia have dysphagia, a condition where they find it difficult and sometimes painful to swallow food. This can be successfully treated either by keyhole surgery or by endoscopic treatment.
Oesophageal cancer is an uncommon but serious type of cancer. Patients experiencing symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, throat pain, persistent cough and weight loss are advised to visit their GP. The London Gastroenterology Centre offers a range of investigations and treatments for the assessment, treatment and prevention of oesophageal cancer. They also offer screening and advice on cancer prevention for all forms of gastrointestinal cancer.
Crohn's disease causes inflammation, deep ulcers and scarring to the wall of the intestine and often occurs in patches. Symptoms include abdominal pain, urgent diarrhoea, fatigue and weight loss. Crohn’s may be associated with other inflammatory conditions affecting the joints, skin and eyes.
Before seeing a gastroenterologist it is always a good idea to talk to your GP, who can discuss your condition with you and advise on whether any specialist care is appropriate.
Following referral by your GP and during your first consultation at The London Gastroenterology Centre, the specialist will explain the details of any diagnostic test or procedure you will undergo. He will also talk to you about the results you can expect and review any risks. You may have a physical examination and, following any test results, you’ll be given your diagnosis and appropriate treatment will be suggested.
If you do not have a GP, you can still get an appointment. You will need to bring with you a list of all the medicines you take and information from any tests that have been done before.