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GASTROENTEROLOGY

Jumuia Friends hospital is dedicated to the management of diseases related to the digestive and hepatobiliary systems in children and adults with the best specialized and experienced gastroenterologists. Jumuia Friends Hospital possess modern state of the art equipment with high revolution technology backed up by advanced intensive care units. The hospital provides treatment for several gastrointestinal problems such as peptic ulcers, malignancies in stomach and GERD. The specialists manage diseases that affect organs such as liver, pancreas, gall bladder, oesophagus and intestines, bile duct and stomach. The hospitals have an exclusive surgical gastroenterology unit in which surgeons perform various gastro procedures with efficient and effective set treatment plan.

CHIEF PROCEDURES

GASTROSCOPY

In this procedure covering of the upper gastrointestinal tract that comprises oesophagus, stomach and duodenum, is examined for any abnormalities. A special device that is thin, slender with lens and light called endoscope is used wherein the images are seen via the monitor. This helps the doctor to find out the reason for the chief complain such as abdomen pain, vomiting and nausea. This is a recommended test for treating conditions such as bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes and is performed as a day care process.

COLONOSCOPY

It is a procedure that helps the gastroenterologist to examine and diagnose the ailments of the large intestine. A special instrument called colonoscope is used. It is four feet long, very slender and a flexible device which has camera to capture the images for the doctor’s review. The instrument is inserted through the anus and looked for any aberrations presence. It is done to find out the polyps, colon cancer and other ulcerative colitis.

ENDOSCOPY

The doctor does this procedure with the help of specialized instrument that examines the problems in the internal organs which may be suspected as infection, injury or cancerous. The surgeon makes small incision instead of a large opening to view the organs. Biopsy of the organs is taken by using endoscopic method using forceps to rule out cancer.

SPINE SURGERY

This surgery is performed due to complain regarding spinal problems faced by the patient. It includes inflamed and slipped discs in general. When the problem does not solve with medication and physical therapy the surgeon recommends for surgery. When the patient suffers from osteoporosis, it is also treated with the spinal procedure. Even spinal fractures and deformities are treated with this type of surgery. Spinal fusion is the most common type of procedure in which the surgeon joins the spinal bones and restricts the movement between the bones and thus stretching of the nerves is limited.

TREATMENT FOR GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease occurs when the Lower oesophageal sphincter does not close properly and the food contents in the stomach rise up till the oesophagus. This causes a burning feeling in the throat and chest hence leading to a condition called ‘Heart burn’.

GERD is treated using medications such as antacids, foaming agents, H2 blockers, proton pump inhibitors and prokinetics.

Surgery is advised when medications and lifestyle modifications does not work. Fundoplication is the common method used to treat GERD. Nissen Fundoplication is the specific type that is used widely. Here the upper part of the stomach is enclosed with LES to strengthen the sphincter as it prevents reflux.

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