Gastrointestinal Surgery Abroad
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine dealing with the digestive system. Gastrointestinal refers to the stomach and small and large intestines. Commonly referred to as the ‘GI tract’, this part of the body also plays a prominent role in the immune system.
The most common procedures are upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and hermerrhoidectomy. Generally these procedures are fairly quick (with a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy taking about three hours including check-in, procedure, and recovery).
There are various types of diagnostic and surgical tests and procedures used to diagnose and treat conditions of the GI tract. Before a treatment plan can be established the physician (usually a Gastroenterologist) will need to determine the best treatment plan, based on an individual’s condition and preferences.
As part of the digestive tract you should usually not eat for eight hours prior to the surgery, but can generally eat immediately after any procedure. However you should check with your physician regarding your specific procedure. Since you will be sedated for most of these procedures you should not plan any activities for the remainder of the day, however you should be able to resume most normal activities the next day. Again consult with your doctor regarding your specific procedure.
In the treatments listed below you will find an overview of the procedure, reasons for the procedure, risks of the procedure and what to expect during and after the procedure.