Intermittent abdominal pain is not an enjoyable experience and must not be taken lightly; it is often the first symptom of a gastrointestinal disease. Our gastrointestinal system can be affected by a wide range of diseases, ranging from relatively simple ones such as indigestion, constipation and acidity, to the more complicated ones such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), acute and chronic pancreatitis, bowel motility disorders, and cancer of any of the organ. The Centre of Excellence in 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 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 works 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 department 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 department pays singular attention to every one of its patients. Aster is one of the best hospitals in Bangalore, catering every need of the patients to the extent that, our Gastroenterology team has two female gastroenterologists to consider and handle of the needs and requirements of female patients.
The Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology at Aster CMI hospital also offers 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 reflex diseases, Interventional EUS procedures like Cyst Drainage, EUS guided Biliary Drainage, etc. It is the only center in the state of 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 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, identifying high risk individuals and the planning of treatments including chemotherapy.