The Gastroenterology Clinic treats patients suffering from diseases of the digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine) as well as liver, gall bladder and pancreatic disease. In cooperation with other clinics within the Internal Medicine and Surgery Department and in association with the Labs, the Clinic also manages, conservatively or invasively, the entire spectrum of digestive tract and digestive system diseases.
The Clinic works round the clock, staffed with highly trained medical and nursing personnel, in a fully-equipped environment with comfortable and luxurious rooms.
The staffing of the department by anaesthesiologists allows for all endoscopic operations in accordance with the Safety and Quality standards of modern medicine. Patients receive mild sedation and leave a little while afterwards without having any unpleasant memory.
Modern medicine puts great emphasis on prevention, and that is exactly what spearheads modern Gastroenterology. The latest international guidelines, which relevant agencies have issued, strongly advise in favor of colonoscopy for screening all asymptomatic patients who are over 50 years of age and they even insist on monitoring younger people who belong to specific groups, e.g. family members and 1st degree relatives of colon cancer patients, as well as patients suffering from Idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
In our Hospital, we give particular emphasis to those aspects as well, which in most cases do not call for any type of immediate intervention or exam, but require good doctor-patient communication, and a discussion to grasp the nature of the disorder as well as proper education/training to prevent symptoms.
Functional gastrointestinal diseases such as Gastroesophageal Rheumatic Disease (often described as “sore throats” or “heartburns”), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (often referred to as “spastic colitis”) and constipation are at the top of the list along with very serious organic diseases, such as myocardial infarction and cancer, that degrade the quality of life of sufferers, affecting their ability to work and socialize.
Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer for both men and women in western societies and is the second most frequent cause of death for cancer patients overall, as the odds for an individual to develop it in their lifetime are 5-6%. For 1/3 of those, it shall prove terminal.
As most colon cancers start out as polyps, endoscopy and endoscopic polypectomy can help locate and excise such tumors before they become malignant. The introduction of the innovative ESD (Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection) technique that allows the removal of large polyps and cancers by endoscopy is a real advantage.
The Endoscopy Department of Mediterraneo, has invested in modern medical equipment necessary for the introduction of the latest techniques, as well as specialized human resources that are trained in advanced invasive procedures.
In addition to the usual endoscopies, the following procedures are are performed:
- Esophageal pH monitoring
- Esophageal manometry
- Endoscopic Treatment of Zenker Diverticulum
- Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia (POEM)
- Endoscopic treatment of Barrett’s oesophagus with EMR / ESD
- Removing large colon polyps and precancerous colon and stomach lesions with ESD
- Endoscopic ultrasound for staging / diagnosis of oesophagus, stomach, rectum, pancreas, left ventricular lobe left ventricular lymph nodes, median abdominal lymphadenopathy and biopsies (EUS-FNA).
- Endoscopic ultrasound-guided drainage of pancreatic fluid collections
- Palliative therapy of recurrent colon twist with transdermal colopexy
- Endoscopic gallbladder drainage in patients with high surgical risk of classical cholecystectomy
- Endoscopic gastrostomy for the Duodopa treatment, in patients with severe Parkinson’s disease
- Treatment of 1st and 2nd degree hemorrhoids by ligation
- Endoscopic management of gastroparesis by endoscopic pyloroplasty (G-POEM)