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Gastroenterology Department

The ANASSA Gastroenterology Department, the following diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures are performed:

Gastroscopy

This is the best examination for investigating symptoms that may be due to condition of the esophagus, stomach or duodenum because it allows for an accurate diagnosis and confirmation with biopsies. It is a safe and fast examination (lasts approximately 5-15 minutes). The following are performed with a gastroscopy procedure:

Examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum using flexible endoscope to diagnose diseases such as ulcer, hiatus hernia, esophagitis, neoplasia, etc.
• Treatment of benign or malignant strictures of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum
• Removal of esophageal variceal bands
• Management of acute and chronic bleeding
• Removal of polyps of varying sizes

Colonoscopy

This is the best examination for investigating conditions of the large intestine because it allows for an accurate diagnosis and confirmation with biopsies. It is done with a colonoscope, a thin, flexible instrument which is capable of relaying the image from the inside of the large intestine to a special screen.

The following are performed with a colonoscopy:

Examination of the large intestine as well as the final segment of the small intestine. The purpose is to diagnose disorders such as inflammatory diseases, diverticulitis, neoplasms, etc.
Removal of polyps of different sizes, management of bleeding of varying severity, placement of stents to prevent obstruction of the lumen, treatment of benign intestinal stricture

Capsule endoscopy

This is the best examination for investigating symptoms that may be due to condition of the esophagus, stomach or duodenum because it allows for an accurate diagnosis and confirmation with biopsies. It is a safe and fast examination (lasts approximately 5-15 minutes). The following are performed with a gastroscopy procedure:

• Examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum using flexible endoscope to diagnose diseases such as ulcer, hiatus hernia, esophagitis, neoplasia, etc.
• Treatment of benign or malignant strictures of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum
• Removal of esophageal variceal bands
• Management of acute and chronic bleeding
• Removal of polyps of varying sizes

This is a non-surgical, safe and painless method by which a tube is inserted through the skin and ends up in the stomach cavity. The patient is fed through this tube. Tube insertion does not require general anesthesia and is indicated for patients with dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) due to neurological disorders, e.g. Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA), Patients with recurrent episodes, of aspiration pneumonia, dementia, patients with severe neurological diseases, and pharyngeal or esophageal tumors.

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