Category Stomach and Abdominal Pain

Dr Ganesh Ramalingam: Could your gut health be the source of your stress?

Have you experienced “butterflies in your stomach” or just had a strong “gut feeling” in difficult situations? There’s a good reason why these terms came about – the gastrointestinal tract is inextricably linked to the brain, and stresses from the environment can send signals from the brain to the gut and vice versa, which produces these physical symptoms of the digestive system. This is why you often feel the need to go to the toilet when you are nervous or anxious about something. 

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Is your lifestyle the issue? Dr Ganesh Ramalingam guide to colorectal cancer (2021)

Approximately 5 Singaporeans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every day. It is one of the 3 leading cancers in Singapore, regardless of gender and ethnicity. It is more common in men than in women, but harder to diagnose in women because it may be wrongly attributed to menstruation or other gynaecological problems. Read more about colorectal cancer in women here.

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Femoral hernia: “Silent killer” hernia in women?

In Singapore, an inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia in men and women; though between the two sexes, men experience this condition more. But that’s not to say women are in the clear — in fact, women who have an inguinal hernia are more likely to have a femoral hernia too. Femoral hernias are known as the “silent” hernia because they don’t usually cause symptoms and are more likely to “pinch” a part of the bowel without you knowing. As such, the risk of complications is higher.

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What is the link between obesity and a hiatal hernia?

Obesity brings a slew of medical conditions — if you are overweight or obese, I’m sure your doctor must have already told you about its associated health implications, including a hiatal hernia.

Unlike an inguinal hernia, which is typically associated with birth defects or heavy lifting, a hiatal hernia is almost exclusively known to be linked with obesity. Why so? Let’s find out more about this type of hernia and its treatment options.

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Inguinal hernia: The most common type of hernia in men and women?

As we get older, our muscles weaken, and so does our chance of developing a hernia. A hernia is generally caused by a combination of pressure and weakness of muscle, in which the pressure pushes an organ or tissue into the weak spot. Depending on where the spot is, the hernia can either be very serious or not at all.

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Jaundice in adults: Why does it happen?

Whether you’re a parent or not, you must have heard of newborns getting jaundice and how it’s pretty normal. But jaundice in adults? How does that even happen, and is it anything serious?

Yes, I receive a handful of adult patients with jaundice — and unfortunately, jaundice in adults is often a sign of an underlying medical condition which does not improve on its own without serious side effects, unlike neonatal jaundice. Let’s find out all about adult jaundice.

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Gallbladder removal Singapore: Can I still live a normal life after surgery?

There can be a lot of misinformation on the Internet regarding illnesses and surgeries. Gallbladder removal is one of them. Many patients with gallstones either panic and think of the worst case scenario because of something they’ve read online, or avoid surgery due to the fear that they might lead a lower quality of life. In this blog post, I will share some of the top myths surrounding gallstones and gallbladder removal as well as my thoughts.

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Colorectal cancer in women: Could you be mistaking your abdominal discomfort for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?

Both women and men are at risk of developing colorectal cancer. Although men have a slightly higher risk than women (38.2% chance in men and 27.2% chance in women), it is harder to detect colon cancer in women as the symptoms are often dismissed as gynaecological or menstrual issues. These include abdominal bloating, discomfort and gas. As a trained specialist, it is relatively easy for me to distinguish between some colorectal and gynaecological symptoms, but many female patients tend to overlook those warning signs and avoid going to the doctor entirely.

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How to tell if your abdominal pain is appendicitis

When it comes to abdominal pain, appendicitis usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Many would automatically assume the discomfort for a bout of food poisoning, since the symptoms of both conditions are pretty similar. But unlike food poisoning, appendicitis usually rapidly worsens in a matter of hours and is considered a medical emergency.

As a general surgeon in Singapore, I’ve seen cases where patients ignore the pain or try a wait-and-see approach only to be faced with a life threatening situation. Don’t let that be you — here’s how to tell if a stomach ache is actually appendicitis and what to do should you be diagnosed with the condition.

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