Gastroenterology, a critical branch of medical care, addresses disorders affecting the digestive system, encompassing the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas. The need for specialized gastroenterological services arises due to the prevalence of conditions like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, liver diseases, and gastrointestinal cancers, which significantly impact individuals' overall health and well-being.
Recognizing the importance of comprehensive gastroenterological care, Ivy Hospital has established a distinguished Gastroenterology Department to cater to the diverse gastrointestinal needs of our patients. Our team of skilled gastroenterologists is well-versed in the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, ensuring accurate assessments and effective treatments for a range of digestive disorders. The centre prioritizes early detection and management of gastrointestinal issues to prevent complications and enhance patients' quality of life. Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with advanced endoscopic tools and diagnostic technology, enabling our gastroenterologists to conduct precise examinations and deliver targeted treatments.
From routine screenings to advanced procedures such as endoscopic surgeries and liver interventions, the Department offers a comprehensive spectrum of services. Our patient-centric approach involves collaboration with other medical specialities to provide holistic care, ensuring that patients receive expert medical attention and compassionate and supportive treatment throughout their gastroenterological journey.

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Gastroenterology is a medical speciality that focuses on the digestive system and its associated organs, including the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Gastroenterologists are physicians who diagnose and treat a wide range of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including acid reflux, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), liver diseases, and gastrointestinal cancers.

You should consider consulting a Gastroenterologist if you experience persistent or severe symptoms related to the digestive system. Common reasons include abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, chronic heartburn, difficulty swallowing, unexplained weight loss, or a family history of gastrointestinal diseases.

Gastroenterologists perform various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Common ones include endoscopy (upper or lower), colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and liver biopsy. These procedures help diagnose conditions and provide treatments such as polyp removal, tissue biopsies, or stent placements.

Acid reflux is diagnosed through patient history, symptom evaluation, and upper endoscopy or pH monitoring procedures. Treatment involves lifestyle modifications, medications like proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2 blockers, and, in some cases, surgical interventions to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter.

Yes, Gastroenterologists specialize in managing IBD, which includes conditions like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Treatment may involve medications, dietary modifications, and, in severe cases, surgery to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life.

Gastroenterologists diagnose liver diseases through blood tests, imaging studies, and sometimes liver biopsy. Treatment depends on the specific liver condition and may include lifestyle changes, medications, or interventions to manage complications such as cirrhosis or hepatitis.

Yes, Gastroenterologists play a crucial role in cancer prevention through screenings such as colonoscopies, which can detect colorectal cancers and precancerous polyps early. Additionally, they may screen for other GI cancers using endoscopic procedures or imaging studies, allowing for early intervention and improved outcomes.

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