Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine where the digestive system and its disorders are studied. Etymologically it is the combination of Ancient Greek words gastros (stomach), enteron (intestine) and logos (reason).
Diseases affecting gastrointestinal tract are the focus of this specialty. Doctors specializing in the field are called gastroenterologists. Important advances were made in the last 50 years, contributing to rapid expansion of its scope.Hepatology or hepatobiliary medicine encompasses the study of the liver, pancreas and biliary tree and is traditionally considered a subspecialty.
The Department of Gastroenterology at Lazarus Hospital provides services related to the diseases of the gastrointestinal tract supported by a state of the art endoscopy suite where various procedures are performed by our highly qualified Gastroenterologists.
Endoscopy is a sophisticated method of investigating and treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. There are various kinds of endoscopes utilized for this purpose. These are flexible tubes which are equipped with computer chips giving the finest details of the inside of the gastro-intestinal tract and allowing us not only to diagnose the problem but also to treat them at the same time while doing the endoscopy.
Some of the procedures performed in the Gastroenterology Department are:
Diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP's
Injection treatment for oesophageal varices
Dilatation of oesophageal and duodenal strictures
Balloon dilatation for achalasia
Insertion of oesophageal prostheses
Injection of bleeding stomach ulcers
Removal of colonic polyps
Sphincterotomy to remove bile duct stones
Insertion of biliary stents for obstructive jaundice due to biliary strictures