Every individual at least once in his lifetime suffers from a disorder or disease that affects any part of the digestive system – oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct and liver. These disorders and diseases usually occur due to genetic disorders or unhealthy lifestyle habits. At Apollo Clinic Kolkata, our team of experienced general medicine doctors and gastroenterologists ensure that you are correctly diagnosed, providing you prompt medical attention and treatment.
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.
At Apollo Clinic Kolkata, we offer a full range of consultation services for the evaluation of patients with acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders. Our renowned team of gastroenterologists combined with our state-of-the-art facilities delivers hi-quality care and successful outcomes through lifesaving procedures. We ensure that all our patients have full access to advanced diagnostics by employing new technology and improvements in pre-operative evaluations and post-operative care, which also helps us to minimise chances of infection or prevent the relapse of gastrointestinal problems and other disorders.