Dr Luigi Sussman - General and Laparoscopic Surgeon
Conditions of the gut dealt with by general surgery include disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, small bowel, large bowel and anus.
These range from complex conditions such as ulceration or cancer in the bowel through to fairly minor conditions such as haemorrhoids. Many of the more major conditions such as bowel cancer will require surgery, or sometimes treatment with medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is caused by the backflow (reflux) of food and stomach acid into the oesophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) from the stomach. This happens when the valve between the stomach and the lower end of the oesophagus is not working properly. The main symptom of GORD is heartburn (a burning feeling in the stomach and chest).
Spleen Removal The spleen is a soft fleshy organ in the upper left abdomen that is involved in the formation and cleansing of blood. It may need to be removed if it becomes enlarged, has a tumour or cyst, or in the presence of certain blood disorders.
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