Gastroenterology includes diseases of the entire digestive tract including liver, gallbladder and pancreas. They present with symptoms generally located in the abdomen and range from “gases” to severe acute pain.
Jaundice, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, swelling of the abdomen and feet and loss of blood either with the stool or with vomits may all be indicators of a liver or gastrointestinal disease. Recent loss of appetite or weight or change in bowel habits or stool color and symptoms like blood loss or jaundice may indeed indicate a serious disease and call for urgent attention.
An outstanding faculty with strong academic background and long experience provide dedicated medical and surgical care to patients suffering from any gastrointestinal disorder.
Special facilities and equipment
• Capsule endoscopy
• Single balloon enteroscopy
• Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
• Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
• High resolution esophageal and anorectal manometry
• Hydrogen breath test
The gastroenterology department has state-of-the-art equipment and latest facilities for various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Capsule endoscopy is used mainly to diagnose unknown and obscure source of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Single balloon enteroscopy- for diagnosing and treating disorders of the small intestine – a region where conventional endoscopes cannot reach.
EUS– for diagnosis of tumors of the pancreas and biliary tract, CBD stone and treatment of pancreatic pseudocyst.
ERCP– for removal of CBD stone(s) and treatment of malignant obstructive jaundice.
Esophageal manometry– It measures the rhythmicity, coordination and force of esophageal peristalsis and is used for diagnosis of esophageal motility disorders
Anorectal manometry - It is a test to evaluate bowel movement in patients with constipation or fecal incontinence.
It can also be used for biofeedback therapy in cases of dyssynergic defecation or fecal incontinence.
Hydrogen Breath Test – It is mainly done to diagnose malabsorption of sugars like lactose intolerance and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
Many diseases can be treated by endoscopic procedures, e.g.
• Control of bleeding
• Removal of stones from the bile duct and pancreatic duct
• Stenting of biliary and pancreatic ducts
• Stenting of any part of gut for narrowing lesions
Our Gastrointestinal surgeons specialize in laparoscopic surgery and are able to do all kind of abdominal surgeries, ranging from laparoscopic cholecystectomy to laparoscopic removal of colonic and esophageal cancers. Bariatric surgery is a recent introduction and is attracting many patients.
Special clinics or groups of medical and surgical experts have been created to provide specialized care to cancer patients, diabetics, obese or patients with nutritional disorders.
A pediatric Gastroenterologist is also available for taking care of children and infants with gastrointestinal disorders.
For advanced cancer patients we have a special tumor board comprised of an oncologist, a radiotherapist and a pathologist in addition to the treating medical and surgical specialists to advise the most appropriate treatment approach.
A proactive approach is taken to prevent or restrict lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, fatty liver and heart disease through Lifestyle Disease Clinic and regular health checkups.
Frequent health camps in communities and health talks to groups like school children, corporates and clubs help further educating people adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Quality medical care is maintained by regular research and teaching through regular DNB courses and interaction with a research advisory committee comprised of national and international experts.