The team from Murdoch theatres Our Day Procedure Unit Nurse Manager, Summa Lewington, breaks down some of your most awkward questions! What if I smell because I can’t wear deodorant? You will be asked to refrain from applying deodorant, perfume, moisturisers and powder on your skin before surgery. You can usually shower the morning of … Continue reading You can’t ask that! Embarrassing questions about surgery
Most of the population of Australia will, at some time in their life, experience heartburn; yet we don’t think about its effects until it is happening to us. Dr Alan Thomas from Upper GI West answers our questions on this common condition.
Colonoscopy. It’s the dreaded procedure that most over 50’s should be having on a regular basis but it can be uncomfortable to talk about and even worse to schedule into your diary. It’s important to remember that the team at Murdoch’s endoscopy suite undertake many colonoscopies every day and are here to make you feel … Continue reading Colonoscopies: are they really that bad?
In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men. Around 3,500 men die of prostate cancer each year, which is higher than the number of women dying of breast cancer.
Venous disease in the legs is a common condition, affecting up to 25% of all women and 10% of all men. For many, the first sign of varicose veins is the appearance of raised veins under the skin.
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 … Continue reading Restoring flow to bring rapid relief
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 … Continue reading For your comfort and wellbeing
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 … Continue reading Returning home safely
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 … Continue reading What to eat after bowel surgery
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 … Continue reading Endoscopy