We use cookies to so our web site can function correctly. By Clicking "OK" or by clicking into any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more visit the cookies section of our privacy policy.

Privacy Statement

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

These cookies allow us to adtertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is annonomas unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Lower intestinal bleeding

If you experience lower intestinal bleeding, our gastroenterology experts are able to diagnose and treat you

About

Lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB) is a condition in your digestive tract. In contrast to upper gastrointestinal bleeding, LGIB originates in the small bowel and colon area. Symptoms range from passing blood in your faeces to severe abdominal pains. It can be mild or very serious. Our gastroenterologists can help to diagnose and treat you.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of lower intestinal bleeding icon plus

    Symptoms of LGIB might include:
    • Maroon coloured faeces. This may result from bleeding on the right side of the colon
    • Passing bright red blood through the anus. This can be from bleeding on the left side of the colon
    • Dark coloured faeces with bleeding in the cecal (pouch at the beginning of the large intestine)

    It is also possible for LGIB to originate from the digestive conditions such as:
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Diverticulosis
    • Haemorrhoids
    • Colon polyps
    • Peptic ulcers
    • Cancerous tumours
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. Tests we offer to diagnose LGIB include:
    • Colonoscopy. A long and thin tube with a camera is passed through your anus, showing video images of your colon and bowels
    • Radionuclide scans. A radionuclide chemical is injected into a vein. Diseased cells in the lower intestine are picked up by the chemical and release gamma rays to a gamma camera
    • Angiography. A contrast dye inserted into your artery detects bleeding vessels through an X-ray
    • Blood tests
    • Endoscopic ultrasound. An ultrasound probe attached to an endoscope examines tissues in your digestive tract
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help to determine the best approach for you. Treatment options might include:
    • Endoscopic thermal probes can burn blood vessels around the intestine. This helps stop bleeding ulcers. This is also possible by injecting special fluids or glue in this area
    • Endoscopic clips to close bleeding vessels
    • Special endoscopic bands to tie bleeding hemorrhoids and vessels
    • Angiographic embolization blocks blood vessels by inserting particles into them
    • In some cases, surgery may be required to remove part of your intestine. Your consultant will discuss this procedure in detail with you
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • facility-pgh-hero-579x579

    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • Wellington-south-hero-facility-582-582

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • facility-HSC-flag-hero-582x582

    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • Male-receptionist-greets-male-visitor

    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3813 9497
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top