Digestive health

Tests and procedures

Large bowel resection

Large bowel resection, also known as colectomy, is surgery to remove part of the large bowel.

Lower GI Series

A lower gastrointestinal (GI) series uses x-rays to diagnose problems in the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum.

Upper Endoscopy

Upper endoscopy enables the physician to look inside the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a procedure whereby the large bowel (colon) is examined.

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Colostomy

Colostomy is a surgical procedure that brings the end of the large intestine through the abdominal wall.

Upper GI Series

The upper gastrointestinal (GI) series uses x-rays to diagnose problems in the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).

Barium enema

The aim of this investigation is to visualise the large bowel or colon with the use of X-rays and a contrast medium called barium sulphate.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

Flexible sigmoidoscopy enables the physician to look at the inside of the large intestine from the rectum through the last part of the colon.

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Dr Naayil Rajabally obtained his medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand in 2000. He completed his gastroenterology training in 2011 and subsequently completed his MPhil degree in Gastroenterology at the University of Cape Town. Dr. Rajabally has expertise and special interest in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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