Department of Gastroenterology

Expert care in medical gastroenterology, surgical gastroenterology and hepatology

Our department of Gastroenterology provides treatment for acid peptic, Pancreatic, biliary and other Gastroenterological problems and liver diseases. The Department is equipped with latest generation of fiber optic facilities for accurate diagnosis and treatment for all Gastroenterology problems. Facilities for detection of Hepatitis A, B, C and E virus by ELISA & PCR are present.

Gastroenterology India and Hepatology at Alpha Hospital is one of such & is recognized nationally and for its expertise and has established itself as a tertiary referral center covering most of South India. There is not a national conference in the field where one or the other consultant is not on the faculty.

Complete Diagnostics

The department has its own high dependency unit (HDU), which provides critical care to relatively sicker patients. The department caters to emergencies by attending to patients presenting with various GI problems and liver disorders. There is round the clock availability of resident and consultants to treat these patients. The department is ably supported by the ICU and GI surgery.

List of procedures

The department carries out a number of procedures, which are both diagnostic as well as therapeutic in nature. It is one of the very few departments of GI & Hepatology to have facility of Oesophageal pH, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Argon Plasma Coagulation, GI manometry, Hepatic venous pressure measurements, Trans jugular liver biopsy, MARS & Liver transplantation, besides the routine upper and lower GI procedures. The department is a referral center for advanced therapeutic biliary & pancreatic procedures. Failed & difficult cases are usually referred here. We have recently acquired Double balloon Enteroscopy; which make us 1 center in Hyderabad to have this scope. High definition endoscopy is being added shortly.

  • UGI Endoscopy: Is used for diagnosis of diseases of food pipe, stomach & duodenum like; reflux, ulcers & cancers.
  • Endoscopic Sclerotherapy: Injection of sclerosant in bleeding varices (veins in cirrhosis) and ulcers.
  • Endoscopic Variceal ligation (Banding): For ligating the varices
  • Dilatation of Strictures: Dilating narrowed passages.
  • APC: Argon Plasma Coagulation of bleeding lesions.
  • Foreign Body Removal: It involves taking out foreign bodies ingested by using endoscope and accessories.
  • Endoscopic / Fluoroscopic Placement of Nasojejunal Tube: To maintain the nutrition in sick patients.
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy: This procedure is done for long term nutritional management of neurological patients who cannot swallow to maintain their nutrition.
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography: This is an advanced procedure which from a diagnostic tool has now acquired therapeutic dimension. Various treatments can be caused out using this procedure like:
    • Bile duct stone removal
    • Mechanical lithotripsy of large bile duct stones.
    • Placing plastic /metallic stents for palliating or bypassing malignancies or treating biliary infections.

Our department has expertise in this

  • Enteroscopy: To examine lesions of small intestine
  • Double balloon Enteroscopy: Allow visualization of entire small intestine and is recent technology. This procedure has a therapeutic potential also.
  • Sigmoidoscopy & Colonoscopy: To look for diseases of large intestine like ulcers, tumors, polyps, and diverticulosis, AVMs and at times to treat these too.
  • Polypectomy: For removal of polyps which can be a cause of bleeding or having a malignant potential.
  • pH monitoring: For confirmation of reflux disease & as a research tool.
  • Manometry: Done to diagnose motility disorders.
  • Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS): It is a new technique, which is used to diagnose & stage cancers of digestive & hepatobiliary tract so as to optimize treatment of such patients. This technique can differentiate between benign and malignant lesions by doing FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology). A number of therapeutic procedures can be carried out using EUS. This technique is available in very few centers in India; Alpha Hospital has both diagnostic and therapeutic EUS facilities. This technique is better than any other imaging modality for staging and diagnosis cancers.
  • Capsule endoscopy: This procedure involves swallowing a capsule which has a video camera & takes pictures of GI tract which are recorded on an instrument & taken analyzed on computer. This allows visualization of entire small intestine. This and double balloon Enteroscopy are complementary to each other.
  • Liver biopsy: This procedure is done to diagnose diseases of the liver so as to give appropriate treatment.
  • Trans jugular Liver biopsy: Many patients suffering from liver disease have abnormal coagulation profile and are unfit to undergo biopsy. Such patients are taken up for this procedure, which is done under fluoroscopy. During this procedure one can be pressure measurement, which is a research tool and also helps in selecting patients for particular treatment.
  • MARS dialysis (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System): Ours is one of the few centers in India to have this facility. This dialysis is a temporary measure in patients who are to undergo a liver transplant to stabilize them before the procedure. It is being carried out in patients who have fulminant hepatic failure.

These procedures are performed by experts in the field who are renowned. Most of the procedures are done under conscious sedation so as to make the patients comfortable. Care is taken to sterilize the endoscopes properly to prevent any infections or cross infections.

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    Contact Info

    23-1-863, Near MCH Swimming Pool,
    Moghalpura, Hyderabad 500 002,
    Phone No. 040-66711111, 040-66712233, 040-66713344, 040-66714455
    Cell No.  8074414618