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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 different conditions that may require surgical intervention.

    There are various procedures available to diagnose and evaluate these conditions. These include:

    • Upper GI Endoscopy, which is a procedure used to diagnose and treat certain upper GI problems or conditions, using special instruments with camera and laser attachment
    • Oesophageal pH Monitoring, which measures how often the stomach acid enters the oesophagus, and most commonly used to diagnose Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
    • Oesophageal Manometry, which 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 such as swallowing difficulty and abdominal pain, and therefore diagnose underlying conditions that may include benign or malignant tumours.

    Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery includes:

    • Gastrectomy is a surgery to treat stomach tumours. This involves the partial or full removal of the stomach and nearby lymph nodes.
    • Oesophagectomy is a surgery used to treat oesophageal tumours, and it involves removing all or part of the oesophagus.
    • Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Surgery can be used for resection of stomach and oesophageal tumours.
  • Your doctor might recommend Upper Gastrointestinal 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 pinpoint the underlying conditions.

    These symptoms can be caused by conditions such as inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) or duodenum (duodenitis), H.pylori infection (bacteria found in the lining of the stomach), peptic ulcers, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, and other diseases affecting the motility and function of the oesophagus. They can also be caused by oesophageal or stomach tumours. 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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