What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that deals with gastrointestinal disorders of the stomach and intestines, faced by adults as well as children. At our Gastroenterology Centre, we treat over 6000 new cases each year. Our experienced team of general medicine doctors and gastroenterologists provide the essential care for all gastrointestinal problems and digestive disorders, such as constipation, acidity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gastric infections, and more.
What is the first step?
At our Gastroenterology centre, gastroenterology symptoms are reviewed first, with a physical examination alongside the care seeker’s medical history. Depending on the symptoms, it will be followed by specific tests such as:
UGI Endoscopy – A flexible video endoscope is inserted through the gastrointestinal tract for examination. It is used to detect disorders such as acid-peptic disease, H. pylori infection and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Colonoscopy – Like the UGI endoscopy, it uses a flexible video endoscope that examines the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract. It is used to detect gastrointestinal disorders like polyps, cancers, strictures, bleeding sites and diverticula.
Diagnostic biopsy: A sample of tissue is taken from the organ for observation and required tests. It is typically used to detect any abnormal tissue or cell growth amongst healthy tissue.
Blood tests – Basic blood tests are used to check for the concentration of haemoglobin, platelets, or white blood cells in the blood. It is also used to detect any unusual levels of sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, urea, creatinine, calcium, magnesium, or phosphate in the blood.