Intermittent abdominal pain is not an enjoyable experience and should not be taken lightly; it is often the first symptom of a gastrointestinal disease. Our gastrointestinal system includes organs of the digestive system — oesophagus, stomach, intestines, pancreas, liver, biliary system — and the colon and rectum. These organs can be affected by a wide range of diseases, ranging from relatively simple ones such as indigestion, constipation and acidity, to more complicated ones such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), acute and chronic pancreatitis, bowel motility disorders, and cancer of any of the organ. We at the Department of Gastroenterology, Aster CMI hospital, provide a holistic perspective to Gastroenterology, keeping the patient ahead of everything else.

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the Department of Gastroenterology at Aster CMI Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the gastrointestinal system. The comprehensive unit keeps up the spirit of Aster CMI as one of the city’s best multi-speciality hospitals — the team of experts in gastroenterology work closely with multi-disciplinary specialities like GI surgery, Oncology, Paediatrics and Radiology to render optimum, evidence-based treatment to patients.

The Gastroenterology team includes renowned and experienced consultants, medical gastroenterologists, 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 CoE also provides comprehensive diagnostic services which includes narrow band imaging, endoscopic ultrasound and related interventions, capsule endoscopy, Single balloon enteroscopy and paediatric endoscopy. As with the other departments at Aster CMI, the Gastroenterology CoE pays singular attention to every one of its patients. It is among the city’s best in providing paediatric care for gastro-intestinal diseases. Moreover, the team has 2 female gastroenterologists, respecting the needs and requirement of female patients.

Also available at Aster CMI are therapeutic services such as oesophageal dilation, variceal sclerotherapy/banding, endoscopic mucosal resection of polyps and early mucosal tumours, ulcer injection, polypectomy, argon plasma coagulation, removal of foreign bodies, percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy (PEG), gastric or enteric feeding tubes, therapeutic ERCP, colorectal structure 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 of 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 treatment of patients with Gastro-oesophageal reflex diseases, Interventional EUS procedures like Cyst drainage, EUS guided biliary drainage, etc.

The CoE at ASTER CMI, is the only centre in the state of Karnataka which provides Biofeedback therapy for patients with chronic constipation. This is the only center in the state of Karnataka offering Fecal Microbiota Transplantation, a novel treatment modality for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

We provide comprehensive Nutritional services ranging from nutritional support to patients who are obese and overweight, to nutritional therapy (including Total Parenteral Nutrition) for malnourished patients. Our hospital has a dedicated specialist in GI oncology, dealing with cancer of the GI tract. Specific protocols are in place for evaluation of patients with cancer with a comprehensive Multi-Disciplinary Team based management of complex GI cancers. The GI oncology services also include screening for early cancer, identifying high risk individuals and planning of treatment including chemotherapy.