A gastroenterologist examines your gut – the gastrointestinal tract – to diagnose and treat any disorders or diseases occurring in the oesophagus right to the anus. They also help treat problems with the pancreas, liver, bile duct and gall bladder.
Aster Clinic has state-of-the-art gastroenterology facilities across Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, where you can receive accurate diagnoses and targeted treatment for problems related to your gastrointestinal tract.
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There are seven telltale signs that your body gives, indicating that it is time to visit your closest gastroenterologist:
The gastroenterology department at Aster Clinics is equipped with cutting-edge technologies that help doctors screen, test, diagnose, and treat a wide range of GI problems. Some procedures offered across our clinics in the UAE are:
A screening procedure where a long, flexible colonoscope is inserted into the large intestine (colon) to screen for problems affecting this region.
Upper GI Endoscopy
A procedure where a long, thin tube (endoscope) is inserted into your upper GI tract to see if there are any blockages, strictures, or indications of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). To glean more information from this procedure, you may need to subsequently undergo procedures like:
This procedure is generally to study the small bowel disease
This procedure is generally performed when the signs and symptoms point towards the presence of stones in the biliary ducts, tumours or cancer. The instrument used consists of an ultrasound device attached to an endoscope.
ERCP stands for Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography. The procedure involves using an endoscope guided by an X-ray to diagnose problems in the pancreatic ducts, bile ducts, etc. If there are gallstones or blockages, they may also be removed during the same procedure.
This procedure is similar to endoscopy and is performed in the lower part of your colon and the rectum. It is used to diagnose severe conditions of the GI tract, like colon and rectal cancers.
Polyps are non-cancerous growths that create problems in the GI tract. Polypectomy is the procedure doctors use to remove these polyps using tools like loop forceps or electric current during colonoscopy.
If you find it hard to swallow food, you may have constrictions in your esophageal area. The procedure entails dilating this constriction using plastic dilators or inflating a balloon.
Urea Breath test to detect H pylori bacteria in the stomach
Hydrogen Breath test to rule the bacterial overgrowth in intestine
Aster Clinic is backed by three decades of diagnosing and treating gastroenterology problems. We are the largest integrated network of clinics in the UAE, with state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced medical technologies.
Our experts are amongst the best in the region, highly experienced and well-practised in using modern treatment methods that are minimally invasive.
At the core of our operations, we embody a patient-first approach, helping us deliver focused care and dedicated treatment, making Aster’s name an industry benchmark to aspire to.
A gastrologist treats the problems occurring in the stomach. However, since this branch is not recognized individually, the term “Gastrologist” is merely used interchangeably with “Gastroenterologist”.
On the first visit, a gastroenterologist would examine your abdomen for signs of swelling, bloating, palpation, scars, or rashes. It gives them an idea of how to proceed.
The most common problems of the GI tract are Gastroesophageal Reflux disease, hernia, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome),IBD/ulcer disease of stomach,duodenum/jaundice/fatty liver ,hematemesis and melena , lactose intolerance and cancer. If you experience any discomfort in the abdomen, do visit a doctor.
No, surgery is not required for all gastrointestinal tract problems – some problems can be treated with medication, dietary modifications and following a healthy lifestyle. However, if problems persist, further consultation may be needed to determine if surgery is the best course.
Modern techniques for treating gastrointestinal tract problems rarely require full-blown invasive surgery. Most procedures are done using minimally invasive techniques that make use of small incisions and precision tools.