Gastroenterology is one of the chief medical specialities that focuses mainly on treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and its disorders. A vast area, it studies the functioning of various organs from mouth to the rectum, through the alimentary canal including esophagus, stomach, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, bile ducts and liver.
Agree or disagree, your gut health is often an indication of your overall physical wellbeing. Smooth digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and excretion of wastes signal that the body is functioning at its optimum with robust immunity. Gastroenterology, as a medical speciality has witnessed great medical advancements in the last two decades working in tandem with handful of subspecialities for preventing, diagnosing and treating disorders affecting liver, pancreas, digestive system including cancer.
The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Sciences, at the Hiranandani Fortis Hospital, Vashi, Navi Mumbai focuses on reaching precise diagnosis and providing state-of-the-art treatment techniques through non-invasive, minimally invasive methods and surgeries, in complex cases.
An expert gastroenterologist diagnoses and treats problems plaguing your digestive system and liver. If you are facing health issues like acid reflux, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, hepatitis C, polyps, jaundice, chronic haemorrhoids, jaundice etc., it’s time to see the gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis.
Certain digestive tract disorders including colon cancer, polyps, might require surgical intervention as a part of diagnosis or treatment.
Hepatologists are medical experts who diagnose and treat ailments related to liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts.
Endoscopy is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure in which tissue samples are collected to determine the causes behind anemia, inflammation, bleeding and cancers affecting the digestive system. Here are a few endoscopy procedures offered at Hiranandani Fortis Hospital, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
Gastroscopy also known as upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube – an endoscope is passed for looking inside the esophagus, stomach and duodenum to diagnose gastritis and peptic ulcers.
Esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy also referred as EGD, is a non-surgical procedure where upper gastrointestinal tract and first portion of the small intestine known as duodenoscopy for diagnosing and treating the problems.
In enteroscopy, a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera at the end is used for examining the small bowel. Single balloon enteroscopy, Double balloon enteroscopy and Spiral enteroscopy are three common procedures where the problem is diagnosed for further treatment.
Colonoscopy is conducted for detecting any changes or diagnosing any abnormal growth in the large intestine or in rectum. Colonscope, a long, thin flexible tube with a camera at the tip is inserted, allowing the expert to view inside the colon.
Endoscopic Ultrasound is a minimally invasive procedure that is done by using high-frequency sound waves for producing the detailed images of the digestive tract, pancreas, liver and lymph nodes and is done to detect diseases and abnormalities in digestive tract.
One of the advanced diagnostic procedures, Capsule Endoscopy is done by using a tiny wireless camera which processes the images of digestive tract via the recorder around the waist. The tiny camera is introduced into the body through a capsule which is swallowed and it leaves body within a week and can be safely flushed. The expert doctor would assess the picture for diagnosing the problem.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography or ERCP is prescribed for diagnosing the ailments related to gallbladder, biliary system, liver and pancreas. It is also done to correct issues related to bile ducts and pancreas as well.
The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Sciences, at the Hiranandani Fortis Hospital, Vashi, Navi Mumbai also offers a wide range of treatment procedures including:
Removal of benign polyps through a colonoscopy or open abdominal surgery.
Variceal banding is a procedure where the expert surgeon through an endoscope positions an elastic ring that looks like a rubber band around the enlarged vein for preventing internal bleeding.
Gastrointestinal stent is done for removing the blockages that are obstructing and to open up the passage. It is mostly done in case of cancer patients where tumour has been obstructing the stomach partially or completely making it difficult to swallow.
The expert Gastroenterologists, Surgical Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists also offer advanced treatment options including Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), Balloon dilatation of structures and achalasia, Biliary procedures such as gall stone removal & Stenting of CBD.
The department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Sciences provides comprehensive high-end care for a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal, pancreatic, liver and biliary disorders with the help of a highly qualified, experienced team of Gastroenterologists supported by the state-of-art technology.
Acute liver failure can happen at any time, where the functioning of the organ compromises rapidly. In most cases, it is due to hepatitis virus, certain drugs and if not treated on time, may turn fatal.
Gastrointestinal Bleeding is a disorder of the digestive tract often caused due to many reasons including haemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, swelling of the esophagus, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, polyps, etc. The blood can be seen in vomit or in stools and needs immediate medical attention.
Inflammation of the pancreas can be a sudden occurrence and often starts with severe stomach pain. Patients with gallstones and alcoholics are prone to acute pancreatitis.
Acute or ulcerative colitis is caused due to ulcerative sores affecting the inner lining of large intestine and rectum. Symptoms may appear suddenly with blood in stools, abdominal, rectal pain, weight loss and fatigue.
Sepsis infection in the biliary appears suddenly without any symptoms. It presents with excruciating pain in upper right abdomen, back pain, nausea and vomiting. If not treated aggressively, biliary sepsis is a potentially fatal condition.