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Gastro Science

The Department of Gastroenterology at Aster CMI hospital provides a holistic perspective to Gastroenterology, keeping the patient ahead of everything else. The state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. The entire unit keeps up the spirit of Aster CMI hospital that is ranked as one of the best gastroenterology hospitals in Bangalore according to the Times of India Critical Care Hospital Ranking Survey. The team of experts in gastroenterology work closely with multidisciplinary specialties like GI surgery, Oncology, Paediatrics, and Radiology to render optimum, evidence-based treatment to patients.

The Gastroenterology team includes renowned and experienced consultants, best gastroenterologists in Bangalore, Interventional endoscopists and stoma-care therapists with highly qualified support teams trained in Basic and Advanced Endoscopy, Nutrition and GI oncology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Pancreatic diseases, and GI motility services.

The gastroenterology department also provides comprehensive diagnostic services which include narrow-band imaging, Endoscopic Ultrasound, and related interventions, Capsule Endoscopy, Single Balloon Enteroscopy, and Paediatric Endoscopy. We also offer therapeutic services such as Oesophageal Dilation, Variceal Sclerotherapy/Banding, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection of Polyps and Early Mucosal Tumors, Ulcer Injection, Polypectomy, Argon Plasma Coagulation, Removal of Foreign Bodies, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastronomy (Peg), Gastric or Enteric Feeding Tubes, Therapeutic ERCP, Colorectal Stricture Dilation, Oesophageal/Colonic Stent Placements and Emergency Endoscopy services.

GI bleeding is one of the most commonly encountered emergencies in gastroenterology, and the GI bleeding unit ensures a quick and rapid response within 2 hours. The Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy unit provides state – of – art Endoscopic Therapeutic procedures like Personal Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for Achalasia Cardia, Anti-Reflex Mucosectomy (ARMS) for the treatment of patients with Gastroesophageal reflux diseases, Interventional EUS procedures like Cyst Drainage, EUS guided Biliary Drainage, etc.

It is the only centre in Karnataka offering Biofeedback therapy for patients with chronic constipation and Fecal Microbiota Transplantation - a novel treatment modality for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The department, with the best doctors for gastric problems in Bangalore, also provides comprehensive Nutritional services ranging from nutritional support to patients who are obese and overweight, to nutritional therapy (including Total Parenteral Nutrition) for malnourished patients. It has a dedicated specialist in GI oncology, dealing with cancer of the GI tract. Specific protocols are in place for the evaluation of patients with cancer executed by a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team-based management of complex GI cancers.

The GI oncology services also include screening for early cancer (stomach cancer), identifying high-risk individuals, and the planning of treatments, including chemotherapy. Owing to the range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, the multidisciplinary approach to treatment and state-of-art techniques, the Aster CMI Hospital is one of the best hospitals for gastroenterology in Bangalore for treatment of multiple gastro ailments.

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What is Gastro sciences?

Gastro sciences is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders in the digestive system including our body parts like the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and biliary system.

What should you expect on your first visit to a gastroenterologist?

During your first visit, your gastroenterologist will evaluate your symptoms and analyze your problem. He may also request you to undergo additional tests or procedures such as blood tests, endoscopic examinations, and imaging studies for diagnosis or treatment and imaging studies.

How are gastrointestinal problems caused?

Several factors such as food bacteria, infection, stress, medications, and chronic medical conditions like Crohn’s disease, IBS, and colitis can lead to gastrointestinal issues.

What is inflammatory bowel disease? and How do you get it?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a term that is used to describe long-standing chronic inflammatory disorders in your digestive tract due to a dysregulation of the immune system. The most common types of IBD are -

  • Ulcerative colitis - This type of IBD causes long-lasting ulcers and inflammations in the large intestine and rectum.
  • Crohn’s disease - This condition affects your GI tract and leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea, malnutrition, fatigue and weight loss. While Crohn’s disease mostly affects the small intestine, however, it can also affect the large intestine and the upper gastrointestinal tract. Even though there is no cure for this condition, certain treatment options can help in controlling the disease and can relieve the symptoms.

Currently, the exact cause of IBD is unknown, but this condition mostly occurs due to immune system malfunction. Several risk factors such as family history, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, and smoking can also affect IBD.

What are haemorrhoids and how are they treated?

Also known as piles, Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum that usually develop inside the rectum or under the skin around the anus. There are different types of haemorrhoids -

  • External haemorrhoids: These develop under the skin around the anus and cause swelling around the anus along with pain and itching,
  • Internal haemorrhoids: These develop inside the rectum causing painless bleeding during bowel movements.
  • Thrombosed haemorrhoids: In some cases, blood within the haemorrhoids sets thrombosed leading to severe pain.
  • Treatment: Treatment includes laxatives, ointment, banding or surgery.

What is Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and how does it occur?

GERD is the repeated flow of stomach acid in the oesophagus and can irritate the inner lining of the oesophagus. This condition presents itself as -

  • A burning sensation in the chest that usually occurs after eating or at night
  • Pain that worsens when lying down
  • Bitter acidic taste in the mouth
  • Chronic cough or food refluxing back into the mouth.

What is Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy?

Gastroscopy and colonoscopy is the procedure/test to check your upper digestive system to diagnose an ulcer, cancer, and a biopsy. This will also help in the treatment of bleeding, the removal of foreign bodies as well as the removal of early cancer.

Who is a gastroenterologist?

A gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in treating issues related to the gastrointestinal tract which includes our oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and other digestive organs like the liver, pancreas, bile ducts, and gallbladder. These doctors not only prescribe medicines to treat gastric issues but also perform endoscopic procedures such as endoscopy and colonoscopy.

Which is the most common gastrointestinal disease?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and acidity are some of the most common gastrointestinal diseases.

Which bacteria can cause gastrointestinal infection?

Various bacteria can cause one or more disorders related to the GI tract. These include -

  • E. coli
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Campylobacter
  • Clostridium.

How can you identify Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis?

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can be identified through various symptoms. These include -

  • Diarrhea,
  • Fever,
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blood in the stool.

What is heartburn and how do you get it?

Heartburn is the feeling of a burning sensation in your chest that often gets worse after eating or while lying down or bending over. This condition usually occurs due to stomach acid reflux in the oesophagus. While heartburn is an occasional condition and can be managed through lifestyle changes, however, if it occurs frequently and impacts your daily routine then you may require medical care.

What are polyps and what causes them?

Polyps are the growth that develops on the lining of the colon. They may cause symptoms or grow into colon cancer, Hence they require special attention and treatment.

When do you need to see a gastroenterologist?

If you are having severe digestive issues such as frequent flatulence (gas), abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, jaundice, bowel movements, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, constipation, bloating, trouble in swallowing and frequent heartburn or if you have anything else that is affecting your digestive system then you must consult a gastroenterologist. It is also advisable that people who have a family history of GI cancer and Inflammatory bowel diseases must get them checked by a gastroenterologist at regular intervals.

Gastroenterologists are not only concerned with disorders related to the stomach and intestines but also provide treatment for diseases of the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver.

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