Bowel obstruction

Dr Lancashire also manages acute intestinal obstructions. A partial or complete blockage of the intestine prevents the passage of food, fluids, and gas through the gastrointestinal tract. You can think of the gastrointestinal tract as a single tube from the mouth to the anus – if there is a blockage anywhere along that tube, the […]

Appendicitis

The appendix is small worm-like structure that is attached to the right side of the large bowel. The function of the appendix is unclear – in some animals it has a role in digestion. Regardless, humans can live without an appendix without any apparent consequences. Appendicitis is very common. One in fifteen people (nearly 7%) […]

Diverticulitis

Diverticula are small pouches that bulge out from the intestinal wall at weak points between the muscles. Diverticular disease simply means that a person has multiple diverticula in their gastrointestinal tract. Diverticula are mostly seen in the lower parts of the large bowel (colon). They are extremely common, with 50% of people over 60 years […]

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas sits in the upper part of the abdomen behind the stomach. It produces hormones insulin and glucagon to control blood sugar levels, and digestive enzymes that break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. The main duct in the pancreas joins the duct that drains bile from the liver […]

Abscesses

An abscess is a collection of purulent material (‘pus’) due to an infection. They occur for many different reasons: Infected hair follicles Infected sebaceous cyst Infection at a cut, wound or surgical site Infection at the top of the natal cleft (bottom) (pilonidal abscess) Infection of glands around the anus (perianal abscess) Abscesses have a […]