Mr Geoff Hutchinson, Consultant General Surgeon at Spire Cheshire Hospital, recently appeared on Channel 4’s flagship health programme, Embarrassing Bodies, where he performed a gastroscopy on a patient who had a condition that was related to her being bulimic in the past.
As its name suggests, Embarrassing Bodies is a programme centred on helping patients with health issues that they find embarrassing or that they have found no help with treating previously.
Jodie, a 19 year old ex British gymnast, met Embarrassing Bodies resident GP, Dr Dawn to discuss the problems she had been experiencing. Jodie had a condition that was related to her being bulimic in the past, when she was making herself sick 6 or 7 times a day. Having now beaten bulimia Jodie is now feeling sick after eating and often throws up into her mouth. She is worried about being sick on someone as well as the fact that the condition is giving her bad breath.
Dr Dawn suspected that through constant vomiting Jodie has weakened the muscular sphincter at the bottom of her gullet, allowing the contents of her stomach to come back up.
Following Dr Dawn's advice, Jodie visited Mr Geoff Hutchinson, Consultant General Surgeon at Spire Cheshire Hospital in Warrington, where he performed a gastroscopy, this is when a camera is fed down the throat into the stomach. Mr Hutchinson could then assess the damage to the valve at the bottom of her gullet.
On closer inspection it seemed that the valve was not badly damaged, so Jodie was given medication to reduce her stomach acid and to stop bile coming back up her throat.
Click here to read morea about this episode on the Embarrassing Bodies website