Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine which deals with diseases of stomach and digestive system. All diseases which affect the gastrointestinal tract fall under the ambit of gastroenterology. Gastroenterologists treat issues such as gastrointestinal cancers, bleeding in intestines etc.
If you notice any kind of problem from your oesophagus to anus, get in touch with a gastroenterologist. If you have symptoms such as heartburn, diarrhoea, constipation or abdominal pain it is a sign of problem in the gastrointestinal tract. People suffering from chronic digestive disorders should consult a specialist from expert care and treatment. Conditions such as Irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s diseases, diseases of pancreases and liver are treated by a gastroenterologist.
A major sub-speciality of gastroenterology is Hepatology. It encompasses treatment and diagnosis of diseases of gall bladder, liver, pancreas and biliary tree. Gastroenterologists who perform surgeries of gastro intestinal tract are known as gastro-surgeons. Such gastroenterologists perform surgical procedures like liver transplant, gall bladder removal surgery.
The consultation fees of a gastroenterologist in Hyderabad usually begins at Rs 500/-.
For endoscopy the charges are between INR 2,500/- to INR 6,000/-. Gastric Restrictive Surgery costs between Rs2,00,000/- to Rs3,50,000/-. Liver transplant is a very complicated treatment and can cost between Rs 5,00,000/- to Rs 25,00,000/-. Appendectomy is performed by a gastroenterologist at a cost ranging between Rs 50,000/- to Rs 80,000/-.
Gastroenterologists treat a wide array of digestive tract related conditions as per the need of the patient. The most common treatments provided by a gastroenterologist are:
Gastric Restrictive Surgery– In this type of surgery the prime motive is to limit the food intake of the patient. It is used to treat patients with serious obesity if exercise, diet control and medicine fail to create the desired effects.
Oesophageal Stent Procedure – In this procedure, a stent is put in blocked area of oesophagus so that the patient can swallow liquids as well as solids.
Colostomy – This type of surgery produces a huge opening in the large intestine via the stomach.
Appendectomy- This type of surgery is done to remove the infected appendix from body. This is generally done in the emergency.
Liver Transplant- In this process, a part or the entire damaged liver is removed and a new liver is planted in its place.