Gastroenterology is the arm of medicine dealing with disorders of the digestive system. The digestive system extends from the mouth, covering the pharynx, i.e., throat, esophagus, i.e., food pipe, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus, and is responsible for the crucial function of digestion of food. Digestion implies the breakdown of food particles into simple substances for absorption of essential nutrients - carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals, by the cells, tissues, and organs in the human system.

Medway Hospital's Gastroenterology Department provides phenomenal diagnostic and treatment services for patients suffering from various gastroenterological disorders such as peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), food poisoning, gastrointestinal infections, constipation, diarrhea, esophageal illnesses, pancreatitis and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), to name a few. A team of competent doctors employs the latest state-of-the-art technology to carry out procedures, including:

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Percutaneous Liver Biopsy
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Emergency Endoscopic Removal Of Foreign Body In Children
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

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You should see a gastroenterologist if you have symptoms of indigestion or if you need to be evaluated for colon cancer. Visiting a gastroenterologist often results in more accurate detection of polyps and cancer, fewer complications from the procedures, and shorter hospital stays.
Common symptoms include:
  • Abdominal discomfort (swelling, pain, or cramping)
  • Unintentional weight loss.
  • Vomiting and nausea.
  • Acid reflux (heartburn)
  • Diarrhea, constipation (or sometimes both)
  • Faecal incontinence.
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite.
The main gastrointestinal symptoms of Covid 19 include stomach upset. Therefore, one in five people who have Covid positive has at least one symptom that affects the intestine like vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

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