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Gastro Care at Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore

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Gastroenterology is a medical field that addresses diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract including organs along the alimentary canal. Typical conditions could be Hernia, GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Acid Peptic disease, etc. Procedures include colonoscopy, endoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound and liver biopsy. The digestive care department at Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore features some of the brightest in the field of medical and surgical gastroenterology.

 

The department also provides a full range of General and Gastro Intestinal surgeries and features some of the leading doctors in the field of General and Minimal Access Surgeries. Surgeries using minimal access techniques are practiced to facilitate faster recovery, avoid complications and ensure easier post-surgical follow-ups. Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore are one of the leaders in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries. Equipped with computer assisted video navigational tools, state of the art facilities in endoscope technology and high precision hand instruments. They perform a broad spectrum of minimal access surgeries and open surgical procedures.

Some of the Conditions Treated

 

Hernia

 

A common condition affecting a significant population, a hernia is a protrusion of a part of an organ like the bowel when it pushes through the muscle that holds it in place. Groin hernias are the most common, other types of hernias could include incisional, hiatus and umbilical hernias. The most common symptoms for groin hernias include pain or discomfort especially with coughing. To learn more about Hernia, CLICK HERE

 

GERD OR Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease

 

A long term condition that often gets worse when ignored GERD is a combination of symptoms arising due to reflux of stomach content to the food pipe. It is also called acid reflux or acid regurgitation. It is caused when the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes for long durations or does not close properly causing acid to reflux into the esophagus causing heartburn or acid indigestion. To learn more about GERD, CLICK HERE

 

 

Acid Peptic Disease

 

Commonly called APD it comprises of various conditions all of which are caused by damage from acid and peptic activity in gastric secretions. It typically affects the stomach, esophagus and duodenum. Symptoms include pain in the upper abdomen, discomfort characterized by fullness, bloating, distention or nausea. To learn more about APD, CLICK HERE

 

Pancreatic and Splenic Disease

 

Gastrointestinal Cancers

 

Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) which include esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel and anus.

 

Gall Bladder Problems

The Gallbladder is a pear shaped organ positioned under the liver. Some of the common problems that are associated with the gallbladder are inflammation, gallstones, common bile duct infection, perforated gallbladder and cancer etc.

Appendicitis

 

It is an inflammation of the appendix. Symptoms of appendicitis include lower right abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, etc. A large number of people might not experience any of these typical symptoms.

 

Colorectal Ailments

 

Ailments of the colon (large intestine), rectum and anus.

 

 

  • Piles

 

Inflamed blood vessels in or around the anus and rectum are called piles. They are very common and usually common in the elderly and pregnant women.  

 

 

  • Anal Fissure

 

Small tear or scars in the lining of the anus is called anal fissure.

 

 

  • Fistula

 

A fistula is an abnormal, narrow passage or duct-like connection that forms between two organs or vessels that are lined with epithelial cells.

 

 

  • Colonic Polyps

 

Small growths in the lining of the colon or rectum. This growth could become cancerous at times.

 

 

  • Colorectal Cancer

 

Also known as bowel cancer or colon cancer develop from polyps. Symptoms of Colorectal cancer are usually pain in the abdomen and bowel changes.  

 

 

  • Rectal Prolapse

 

Sliding of part of the wall or the wall of the rectum out of place is called rectum prolapse.  

 

 

  • Diverticular Disease

 

Diverticular disease occurs due to the aging of muscles that make up the wall of the large intestine. An infection occurs in the tiny pockets of the large intestine. The pockets are called diverticula. These pockets bulge out through weak spots in your large intestine. The pockets can become inflamed or infected.

 

 

  • Inflammatory bowel

 

 

Ailments that cause prolonged swelling of part or all of the digestive tract. Symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel are diarrhea, abdominal pain, blood in the stools, reduced appetite and unintended weight loss.

 

 

  • Ulcerative Colitis

 

 

Ulcerative colitis is a common form of inflammatory bowel disease. The innermost lining of the large intestine becomes swollen, and ulcers may form on the surface.

 

Procedures Performed

 

SILS (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery)

 

SILS, refers to minimal incision laparoscopic surgery. SILS is used for a wide range of procedures ranging from Cholecystectomies, Appendicectomies, Hernia operations, Hernia Repair, to solid organ surgeries such as Nephrectomy Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Adrenalectomy, Gastric Bypass, Splenectomy, Colon Resection Liver Resection and more. The multidimensional applications of SILS help minimize trauma and significantly reduced scarring in addition to quicker recovery times.

 

To learn more about SILS, CLICK HERE

 

Bariatric Surgery

 

SILS is also the new benchmark for Bariatric procedures like Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy. With the surgery being performed through the navel, it does not leave any visible scars compared to a traditional multiport laparoscopic approach.

 

 

Other Services Offered

 

 

  • Stapled haemorrhoidectomy

 

 

This is a surgical procedure used to treat hemorrhoids. In this surgical procedure the unusually enlarged hemorrhoidal tissue is removed, after which the remaining hemorrhoidal tissue is brought back to its normal position.

 

 

  • Lap Hiatus Hernia Repair

 

 

It refers to the treatment of the Hiatial Hernia using a laparoscope. Hiatial hernia is the protrusion of an organ through its surface or cavity. There are multiple approaches to this procedure including Nissen fundoplication and general laparoscopic hernia repair.

 

 

  • Open Surgeries for Piles/Fissure/Fistula/Rectal and Anal Tumours/Tuberculosis of Digestive Tract

 

 

Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore has vast experience with open surgeries for GI tract and features some of the latest equipment in the field. A team of experienced surgeons ensure that you are in good hands.

 

 

  • Thyroid Surgery

 

 

The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland that secretes hormones that affect metabolism and protein synthesis. They play a vital role in overall growth and development. The thyroid can be affected by many diseases including hyperthyroidism, the most common cause being Graves’ disease, and Hypothyroidism the most common cause of which is iodine deficiency.

 

Thyroidectomy is the surgical procedure for the removal of part or the complete thyroid gland. In this procedure a 3-4 inch incision is made in the neck area to remove the thyroid gland. One or two stiches will be used to bring the neck muscles back together. At Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore we perform a surgical procedure called Endoscopic Thyroidectomy which use much smaller incisions or avoid an incision altogether.

 

With this surgical procedure the recovery is faster and with minimal scarring.

To learn more about Endoscopic Thyroidectomy, CLICK HERE

 

A few of the medical gastroenterology procedures performed at Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore

 

 

  • Colonoscopy

 

 

This is a diagnostic procedure which helps in examining the inside of the large intestine. In this procedure the doctor uses a thin, flexible tube called the colonoscope to examine your large intestine.

 

  • Upper GI Endoscopy

 

This diagnostic procedure helps in diagnosing and treating problems related to the upper gastrointestinal tract. In this procedure the doctor uses an endoscope a long flexible tube attached to a camera to view the lining of the upper GI tract.  

 

 

  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

 

 

This diagnostic procedure helps in diagnosing and treating problems related to the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and bile duct. It combines with the Upper GI endoscope and X-rays that are guided through your mouth, throat and then to the esophagus and reaches the first part of your small intestine to check for problems.

 

Liver transplant

 

Liver transplantation or hepatic transplantation is an operation where a diseased liver is replaced with a whole or part of someone else’s normal and healthy liver.

 

At Fortis Hospitals, Bannerghatta Road we have a highly skilled and an experienced Liver Transplant Team. Click Here to Meet the Liver Transplant Team

 

To learn more about Liver Transplant, CLICK HERE