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Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

  • What is Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery?

    The upper gastrointestinal (GI) includes the oesophagus (food pipe), stomach and the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). The upper gastrointestinal tract is prone to several conditions that may need surgical treatment.

    There are several diagnostic procedures to evaluate these conditions, including:

    • Upper GI endoscopy, a procedure used to diagnose and treat certain upper GI problems or conditions, uses special instruments with a camera and laser attachment
    • Oesophageal pH monitoring, which measures how often the stomach acid enters the oesophagus, is most commonly used to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Oesophageal manometry is used to assess the function of the sphincter (muscle at the lower end of the oesophagus)

    These diagnostic techniques can be used to evaluate some upper GI symptoms like swallowing difficulty and abdominal pain, and diagnose underlying conditions that may include benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumours.

    Upper GI surgery includes:

    • Gastrectomy is surgery to treat stomach tumours. This involves the partial or full removal of the stomach and nearby lymph nodes.
    • Oesophagectomy is surgery to treat oesophageal tumours, and it involves removing all or part of the oesophagus.
    • Minimally invasive laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery can be used for resection (removal) of stomach and oesophageal tumours.
  • Your doctor might recommend upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery if you suffer from symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, heart burn, acid regurgitation and swallowing difficulties. Your condition will be first evaluated using diagnostic techniques to find the underlying conditions.

    These symptoms can be caused by conditions like inflammation (swelling) of the stomach (gastritis) or duodenum (duodenitis), a H.pylori infection (bacteria found in the lining of the stomach), peptic ulcers (sores), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other diseases affecting the motility (ability to move) and function of the oesophagus. They can also be caused by oesophageal or stomach tumours, and depending on the location and the stage of the cancer, surgery might be needed for the management and treatment of the cancer.

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    • Ang Cheng Nee Benny

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Gastroenterology Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #09-10
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6733 0519
    • Chan Ching Wan

      Specialty:
      General Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Solis Breast Care & Surgery Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #13-01
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6994 5477
      Clinic:
      Solis Breast Care & Surgery Centre
      Location:
      Solis Breast Care & Surgery Centre
      3 Mount Elizabeth #13-01
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Contact No:
      6994 5477
    • Chan Chung Yip

      Specialty:
      General Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Nexus Surgical Associates
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #08-06
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      62358633 / 62358651
      Clinic:
      Nexus Surgical Associates Pte Ltd
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-43
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6570 2720
    • Chan Shao-Wah Georgette G

      Specialty:
      General Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Dennis Lim Surgery
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #11-09
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6836 5167
    • Chang Kin Yong Stephen

      Specialty:
      General Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Glad Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #16-07
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6734 4931
    • Chee Eng Nam Alexius

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Alexius Chee Gastroenterology & Medical Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #05-09
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6734 3343
    • Chen Chung Ming

      Specialty:
      General Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Affinity Surgery Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #09-36
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 0992
    • Chen Yun Yin Cosmas

      Specialty:
      General Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Cosmas Chen General Surgery & Vascu
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #12-05
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6255 6586
    • Cheng Jun

      Specialty:
      Gastroenterology

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      Clinic:
      Cheng Jun Gastroenterology & Medical Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #15-06
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6732 2282
    • Cheng Shin Chuen

      Specialty:
      General Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Cheng Sc Vein And Endovascular Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #07-52
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6265 8561
      Clinic:
      Kym Surgery @ Orchard
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #12-01
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6908 1712

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