Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3
Wednesday 1st July 2009, 9pm Channel 4
The doctors are back in the clinic to check-up on some of the most interesting cases that they’ve encountered over the past 2 years.
First up is a visit from fifty year old Jackie, who was suffering from one of the commonest problems seen by GPs – urinary incontinence. A staggering one in five women over the age of 40 will suffer from the condition. Fortunately there was a simple solution to Jackie’s problem, as tension free vaginal tape was added to support the bladder and replace the muscle that she has lost as she got older.
The doctors also caught up with 72-year-old Bryan, who had been suffering for over 10 years with a painful problem with his penis, a direct result of a circumcision that hadn’t gone to plan. Bryan is packed off by Dr Christian to have a second circumcision carried out, and returns to the clinic two years later to check that Bryan is still firing on all cylinders following the opp.
Dr Dawn next sees a patient whose life was literally torn apart by the birth of her baby boy. Debbie’s vagina was so badly torn during the birth, that the muscles around her bladder and rectum were causing her to leak urine and faeces. After a massive reconstruction operation, Debbie returns to see Dr Dawn, who is delighted to see that she is feeling just like a young mum again.
Our next patient is Rachel, who has suffered from plaque psoriasis for over 11 years. Rachel’s skin cells were reproducing every 2-6 days, which compared alarmingly to a normal person’s rate of every 3-4 weeks. Christian sent Rachel for ultraviolet light therapy, which even after a few treatments was starting to show positive signs. Returning 18-months on, Rachel’s skin is vastly improved and her life has completely changed.
Another patient who returns to the clinic was Martin, who has undertaken a course of cognitive behavioral therapy to help him to get over his fear of taking a pee in public. Fortunately Martin’s therapy has been a success, and he’s making fantastic progress.
Next there are visits from Dr Christian and Dr Dawn to the men of Moseley Rugby Club and a group of women who have shame in baring all. They’re shown how to self-check their balls and their boobs, and you can too by going to our How to Check Yourself guides >>
Boobs were a problem for Alison, who after 20 years of suffering awful back pain from her double J boobs, came to visit Dr Dawn to see if she could get something off her chest. After surgery that removed a kilo and a half of breast tissue, Allison returned to the surgery with a new lease of life.
Dr Dawn caught up with Adel, who came to the clinic with a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome. This has resulted in Adel developing excess hair on her face and body, so Dr Dawn sent her off for a course of lazer treatment. Eight months later, Adel is back in the clinic and showing a fantastic improvement. Though the hairs will continue to grow back, she now knows that she can keep the condition under control…
And our final patient also came into the clinic with a breast related problem, this time caused by an earlier breast reduction that had left her with artificially high nipples now that nature was taking it’s course. Flattening of the nipples was also a cause for concern for Dr Dawn, so Jacqui was sent for a mammogram to check their was nothing sinister afoot. Fortunately there wasn’t, and she was able to return to the clinic to show how a hydrolonic acid lift had been plump up the breasts and bring the nipples down back to where they belonged.
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