Restoring flow to bring rapid relief

From the age of about 40, men will start to develop changes associated with an enlarging prostate and may suffer from symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty starting and a weak urine flow, urgency and incomplete bladder emptying. An enlarged prostate, known as a benign prostatic hyperplasia (or BPH), is a condition in which the prostate changes shape and size and narrows, blocking…

For your comfort and wellbeing

If you are going into hospital for a procedure, chances are, you will meet an anaesthetist. Anaesthetists are doctors who specialise for a further five years on completion of their medical degrees. Anaesthetist and Director of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, Dr David Borshoff, says he and his colleagues…

Returning home safely

Case Management Coordinator Lesley Brinkhuis at St John of God Murdoch Hospital says it is vital that patients, together with their families and friends, have everything in place when they discharge from hospital. “Going home is often very stressful for patients, especially when they’ve been in hospital for a long time or have had life…

What to eat after bowel surgery

There are a number diet changes that are advisable to make to quicken your recovery after surgery. Senior Dietitian Preeti Chauhan at St John of God Murdoch Hospital recommends: Reducing dietary fibre soon after surgery to allow your bowel to rest Reintroduce gradually fibre into your diet four to six weeks after surgery Avoid caffeine, artificial sweeteners, alcohol and spicy foods which may make stools…

Endoscopy

The Endoscopy Unit at St John of God Murdoch Hospital performs, on average, 240 procedures per week. Manager of the unit, Susan Scully, says the worst part of having a colonoscopy is done by the time you arrive at hospital. “Most people find the process of taking the bowel preparation fluid before their procedure unpleasant,” says Ms…

Having a colonoscopy

You might feel embarrassed or frightened about having a colonoscopy, but it can save your life. A colonoscopy is known as an endoscopy; a medical procedure that allows a doctor to observe the inside of the body without performing major surgery. The endoscope is a long flexible tube with a lens at one end and a…