Gastro Science

The department of Gastroenterology at Aster Hospital specializes in the conditions affecting the liver and digestive tract, including the stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, and colon. We have experts who professionally treat a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, colon polyps, gallbladder disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), pancreatitis, gastrointestinal malignancy, liver diseases, etc. The team consists of highly accomplished Gastroenterologists including Surgical Gastroenterologists, Gastrointestinal Oncologists, and Gastrointestinal Radiologists supported by skilled nurses who provide exceptional patient care. The department has cutting edge technologies for high-precision procedures that aid in performing complex & simple procedures like Endoscopy, Colonoscopy and Endoscopic Variceal Sclerotherapy (EVS).

Available Hospitals

We provide excellent care, right from diagnosis to the treatment and beyond at our world-class hospitals.

Facilities

Well equipped with the latest medical equipment, modern technology & infrastructure, Aster Hospital is one of the best hospitals in India.

Diagnostics for Gastro Science

UGI Endoscopy
Colonoscopy
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Enteroscopy
Liver Biopsy
Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS)
Sigmoidoscopy
Side Viewing Endoscopy

Diagnostics

Upper GI and Lower GI Endoscopy (Diagnostic & Therapeutic)
ERCP
Capsule Endoscopy
Double Balloon Enteroscopy
Endoscopic Ultrasound- Diagnostic & Therapeutic
Oesophageal and Anorectal Manometry
24 hr GI Bleed Care
Liver Clinic- for patients with Liver & Gall Bladder diseases
IBD Clinic- Special care for ulcerative colitis &Crohn’s diseases

Technology

Some of the best technologies in the hospital includes:
Kerala’s third Da Vinci surgery robot
Highly advanced infection control HEPA filters to remove air borne particles
Highly advanced diagnostic equipment to detect and diagnose various liver conditions.

GI Speciality Clinics

The unit provides round-the clock clinical services (outpatient, inpatient and emergency) in managing GI and liver diseases, in both adult and paediatric.

Multidisciplinary care

Multidisciplinary care
The department of gastroenterology is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary teams which includes GI and oncosurgery, GI and interventional radiology, Hepatopancreaticobiliary care, liver transplant and GI pathology which are involved in the management of complex gastroenterology conditions.

Breath Testing

Breath Testing
Hydrogen and urea breath test

Manometry and PH

Manometry and PH
Oesophageal, anorectal, pH-impedance and biofeedback.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy

a. Facilities
Endoscopy suites with dedicated recovery area.
High definition endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound system.
Dedicated high resolution fluoroscopy unit.
Digital spyglass and laser system.
Paediatric endoscopy, colonoscopy, ERCP
Automated endoscope disinfection and reprocessing unit.

b. Diagnostic endoscopy
Including magnification NBI for early cancer
Enteroscopy, EHS and paediatric endoscopy

c. Therapeutic endoscopy
For bleeding, foreign body impaction, bile duct stones and treatment of early cancer

Endoscopic Ultrasound EUS

Endoscopic Ultrasound EUS
For CBD stones, mediastinal node, pancreatic biliary cancer cytology and biopsy

Minimal Access Robotic Surgery

Aster Hospitals, for the first time in Kerala, introduces Robotic Surgery with da Vinci Robot- a highly advanced surgical Robot that performs minimally invasive surgeries with utmost precision. What can be called the next level in surgery, the da Vinci Robot has multi-limbed surgical robot with tiny wrists that bend in all directions, offering precision, dexterity and fine manipulation beyond that of human hand. The Surgeon performs minimally invasive surgeries by manipulating three robotic arms and a video camera that are inserted through small skin incisions, while seated in front of a computer console with 3D video screen and controls. The option of Robotic surgery is available in the Urology, Cardiothoracic, Gynaecology, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Bariatric and Paediatric Surgery Departments at Aster Medcity.

Operation Theatres

ORI Fusion Digital Integrated Operation Theatres With 22 Operating Rooms that are on par with some of the largest in the world, Aster Medcity, for the first time South India, introduces ORI Fusion Digital Integrated Operation Theatres using Karlstorz OR1 Fusion - Asia Pacific’s first complete digital integration system.
The integration enables real-time sharing of images, videos and medical reports, which not only facilitates virtual participation from any location in the world, but also helps the rest of the surgical team to monitor the patient closely during the operative procedure, much to the benefit and safety of the patient undergoing the surgery.
Aster Medcity is also the first surgical facility in the state to offer Robotic Surgery using high-precision da Vinci Surgery Robot.

Faqs

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What is Obesity?

Obesity is a complex disease characterized by abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat in body that may impair health. People who have obesity are prone to develop heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.

What are the causes of Obesity?

The primary cause of obesity is the energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. Overweightness is commonly caused by over eating and sedentary lifestyle. For instance, if you consume high amounts of energy, particularly fat and sugars, but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, much of the surplus energy will be stored by the body as fat.

Factors that can lead to obesity are,

Increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and sugars
Decrease in physical activity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of work
Environmental and societal changes associated with development
Lack of supportive policies in health, agriculture, environment, food processing and education
Diseases – Hypothyroidism, Chronic stress, Insomnia & Hypersomnia
Eating Disorders
Smoking cessation
Drugs

What are the diseases associated with obesity?

There are several ailments associated with overweightness, an obese person has more chance to develop other disease conditions such as,

Cardiovascular diseases - Ischemic Heart Disease and Stroke
Hypertension
Insulin Resistance & Diabetes Mellitus
Dyslipidaemia
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea & Hypoventilation Syndrome
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease - NASH – CLD
Gallbladder disorders
PCOS & Infertility
Musculoskeletal disorders - Osteoarthritis
Cancers - Endometrium, Breast, Kidney, Liver, Prostate, Esophagus, Colon.
Psychological disorders.
The risk for these diseases increases with increase in BMI.

What are the treatments available for obesity?

The aim of the obesity treatment is to maintain a healthy Body mass index (BMI) to prevent many other diseases associated with obesity. Following a healthy dietary pattern and regular physical activity helps in sustaining overall health.

Is bariatric procedure safe?

Yes, it is relatively safe procedure with the help of cutting-edge modern technology and experienced medical team at Aster Medcity, Kochi

Are there any side effects of undergoing bariatric surgery?

The side effects of bariatric surgery are relatively lesser compared to the health issues that you suffer from obesity. Some side effects may include general weakness, malnutrition, temporally hair loss. You can overcome these issues by following the guidelines from dietitian and doctor.

What are the diets to be followed after bariatric surgery?

Your dietitian will help you to follow an ideal dietary plan. Usually the diet includes foods rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, also it is important to manage the fluid intake to keep hydrated.

Success rate in Liver Transplant

It is very important for the patient to receive timely care and treatment in the case of liver diseases. A transplant can transform a life, but it is imperative to get it done at the right place to ensure chance of survival. At Aster MIMS, the doctors are highly qualified, and superbly trained in the latest treatment techniques to replace the diseased liver with a healthy one. Through procedures that impart proper care and diagnosis during the liver transplant surgeries, the patient can lead a normal life, as the liver is a unique organ in the human body capable of regeneration.

Why Aster MIMS for a Liver Transplant?

The experts work collaboratively, taking extra care of each patient’s medical condition to provide advanced care centered towards treatment and better quality of living. The hospital is equipped with superior industrial technology that offers robotics-assisted surgery for various liver conditions. In order to provide round-the-clock care, the hospital is equipped with active 24-hour services, and has upgraded facilities to treat all sorts of liver conditions, including chronic liver diseases and intensive care facilities for acute liver failure.

How obesity can be identified?

The ideal way to measure obesity is by calculating Body mass index (BMI) of a person. BMI is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2). Increased BMI shows high body fatness.

Do Genetic reasons cause obesity?

Genetic predisposition is one of the reasons for obesity, it is a well-known and currently proven fact. Around 43% of the general population is susceptible to become obese due to genetic factors.

Is obesity curable?

Obesity is a progressive and relapsing chronic disease which can be either prevented or reduced by losing weight by following a healthy dietary pattern and regular regimen of exercise.

What is bariatric surgery?

It is a surgical intervention to promote weight loss by making changes to your digestive system. Decreasing the size of the stomach creates a feeling of fullness when you eat.

When to opt for bariatric surgery, am I the ideal candidate?

Bariatric procedures are suggested to you if other weight management measures are failed and you suffer from obesity related health conditions

When should I be able to do exercise after bariatric surgery?

About 150 minutes of weekly exercises are suggested after the procedure, moderate activities like walking and jogging can be done depending on the individual’s health condition.

When would I be able to return to work after bariatric surgery?

Usually, it may take up to one to two weeks to return to work, depending on the type of procedure that you undergo.

History of Aster Liver Transplants

Ever since then, the hospital has been judicious in adding better facilities to ensure timely care to its patients. The highly skilled team of medical professionals at the hospital performs transplants of foreign patients, while the aim of the process itself is to provide better quality of life. The surgeons follow state-of-the-art techniques in replacing the diseased organ with a healthy one. By making use of sophisticated diagnostic techniques they ensure that the surgery is productive, and the patient gets back to health with minimal hospital stay expenses.

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