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What are gastroenterology and gastroenterological conditions?

Gastroenterology is the medical field devoted to disorders of the digestive system. Specialists in the gastroenterology field, known as gastroenterologists in Singapore, diagnose and treat these disorders.

The digestive system is a system of organs working to convert food into energy needed by your body, starting from the mouth and ending with the anus. The digestive system includes the throat, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, gall bladder, liver, colon, and rectum.

There are a wide range of gastroenterological disorders, ranging from minor, bothersome conditions to serious diseases such as cancer. The most commonly seen gastroenterological conditions include irritable bowel syndrome, colon polyps, infections, hemorrhoids, gallstones, and abscesses. These conditions may affect any part of the digestive system—the esophagus, small intestine, large intestine (colon), stomach, liver, gallbladder, rectum, or pancreas.

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When do you need to see a gastroenterologist?

If you or your loved ones are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may be referred to or wish to consult a gastroenterologist:

  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea
  • An unexplained change in normal bowel movements
  • Bloody stools
  • Excess gas and/or bloating
  • Extremely narrow stool
  • Frequent incomplete bowel movements
  • Heartburn (acid reflux)
  • Pale stools
  • Unexplained weight loss

While not all of the above are necessarily signs of a serious condition, it’s always best to discuss any symptoms you may be having with your doctor.

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Why you should consider our gastroenterologists in Singapore

Our gastroenterologists have undergone years of medical training and are experienced with diagnosing and treating disorder of the digestive system. Your doctor will discuss treatment options with you in a comfortable, personable setting and he or she will answer any questions you may have about your condition or symptoms. Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor may suggest medication, surgery, or another method of treatment.

Major Areas of Specialisation

Our specialists are experienced in a wide variety of gastroenterology and related conditions and diseases. When you put your trust in our experts, you will obtain advice on the most appropriate and helpful road to recovery for your condition.

Below are some of the issues we treat:

  • Advanced endoscopic imaging (Narrow band imaging and chromoendoscopy)
  • Barrett’s esophagus, early gastric cancer and colonic polyps
  • Biliary Obstruction (cancers and stones) (ERCP)
  • Bleeding varices and ulcers
  • Bleeding in upper or lower GI
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal (large and small intestine)
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Double-balloon Enteroscopy
  • Early Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Endoscopy
  • Irridoscopic ultrasonography
  • Endoscopic resection (EMR and ESD) of polyps and early cancers
  • Functional Bowel Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastritis
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux diseases (GERD)
  • Gastroscopy
  • Hepatitis (A,B, and C)
  • Hepatobiliary cancer
  • Hepatology (liver, gall bladder, bile ducts, and pancreas)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Liver, biliary system and pancreas
  • Malabsorption
  • Management of Advanced Liver Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension
  • Nutrition (parenteral and enteral)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreato-biliary diseases
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Stomach and oesophagus
  • Stomach cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
  • Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal (GI) Treatments
    • Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy
    • Bleeding Varices and Ulcers
    • Endoscopic Ultrasonography
    • Capsule Endoscopy
    • Double-balloon Enteroscopy
    • Endoscopic resection (EMR and ESD) of polyps and early cancers
    • Advanced endoscopic imaging (Narrow band imaging and chromoendoscopy)

Did you know?

The human gastrointestinal tract is 9.1 metres long, which is an area the size of a doubles tennis court. The small intestine alone accounts for 2.04 metres – with a surface area of 250.8 square metres.

Every day, cells in your stomach produce around 2 liters of hydrochloric acid. This acid helps your body digest food and kill harmful bacteria. Every two weeks, your stomach lining produces a new thick layer of mucus to protect itself from the corrosive acid.