​Aster Centre Of Excellence In Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care


A world-class, dedicated facility for comprehensive management of diseases and disorders of the digestive system, the Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care offers advanced medical gastroenterology, surgical gastroenterology, expert liver care (including liver transplant) and gastrointestinal oncology services to both adults and children.The exceptional team of doctors here comprises highly experienced, internationally renowned Medical Gastroenterologists, Surgical Gastroenterologists, Hepatologists, Hepato Pancreato Biliary & Abdominal Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeons, Gastrointestinal Radiologists and Gastrointestinal Pathologists. Multidisciplinary in approach, they provide optimal, evidence-based treatment to patients with the support of speciality-trained nurses, rehabilitation therapists and technicians.

Designed like an independent hospital with a separate entrance to ensure quick, efficient and personalised medical care, the Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care has an outpatient division, an inpatient division, a day care unit, a state-of-the-art diagnostic and interventional radiology wing, dedicated surgical suites that are South Asia’s first OR1 Karlstroz fusion integrated surgical suites with autopilot anaesthesia and dedicated ICUs that are South India’s first ICCA (IntelliSpace Critical Care & Anaesthesia) ICUs and a 24-hour emergency care facility.

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Medical Gastroenterology

Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care is a state-of-the-art facility for diagnosis and medical management of diseases and disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and rectum. The highly experienced team of doctors comprising medical gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal radiologists, gastrointestinal oncologists and gastrointestinal pathologists ensures expert care for patients, with the support of cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic technology. Medical Gastroenterology involves diagnosis and medical management of diseases and disorders of the digestive system, with the support of radiological and pathological investigations.​

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    Surgical Gastroenterology

    One of the most advanced facilities in the region for surgical management of gastrointestinal disorders/ diseases, the Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care has an exceptional team of highly experienced Surgical Gastroenterologists with international expertise. The first in Kerala to offer robotic surgery for gastrointestinal diseases including cancers, the centre offers state-of-the-art facilities clinical support/ facilities including South Asia’s first OR1 Karlstroz fusion integrated surgical suites, a highly advanced endoscopy suite, ERCPs, GI motility studies and endosonography, high-definition laparoscopy, harmonic scalpel, ligature, CUSA excel, image intensifiers and intraoperative ultrasound for high-precision procedures.The subspeciality that deals with the surgical management of disorders of the digestive system including repair, removal, or resection of the intestines, esophagus, liver, pancreas, spleen, stomach, gallbladder, colon, anus and rectum.

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      Aster Integrated Liver Care

      One of the most advanced facilities of its kind in India, Aster Integrated Liver Care offers comprehensive management of complex liver diseases in both adults and children. The outstanding team of doctors comprising internationally renowned Hepato Pancreato Biliary & Abdominal Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeons, Hepatologists, Pancreato Biliary Endoscopy experts, Hepato Biliary Radiologists/Interventional Radiologists and Liver Transplant Anesthesiologists have a collective experience of more than 2500 liver transplants, 200 pancreas and 4000 complex liver, biliary and pancreatic surgeries. This includes the first split liver transplant, the first simultaneous pancreas kidney transplant and the first simultaneous liver kidney transplant in Karnataka. Hepatology involves the study, diagnosis, management and prevention of diseases and disorders that affect the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas.​

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        What is Gastroenterology?

        Gastroenterology is the medical speciality that focuses on the study, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders related to the digestive system, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and rectum.

        Gastroenterology has three subspecialties: Medical Gastroenterology, Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Care (Hepatology).

          ​Why are we the best?​

          ​Each Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care programme at the Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care is headed by an outstanding team of doctors comprising experts from various subspecialities. They work with a multidisciplinary approach to provide high-quality, specialised care to patients and ensure the best possible outcome.

            Award-winning nursing care​​

            We have an NABH award-winning team of ACLS/ PALS/ BLS certified nurses who are trained to provide expert care to patients who have undergone transplant. They lend efficient support to our team of doctors and ensure each and every patient is taken good care of; and gets back to normal life as quickly as possible.

              Trained Support Staff​​

              Our support team comprising Nutritionists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Rehabilitation Professionals, Physical Medicine experts and Technicians ensure patients are given assistance and guidance to get back to their normal life.​​

                What are the common gastrointestinal diseases/ disorders?

                Indigestion

                Also called dyspepsia, indigestion is the uncomfortable, full sensation in the tummy, while having food or after a meal. Indigestion might also cause a burning pain in the upper part of the stomach.

                Indigestion can often be the symptom of an underlying problem like Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), diseases of the gallbladder and ulcers.

                Nausea & Vomitting

                Nausea or the urge to vomit is caused by the body’s protective mechanism to remove any harmful substance. However, nausea may occur due to unrelated infectious and inflammatory conditions. Nausea can occur without vomitting, or may lead to vomitting.

                Abdominal Pain

                Abdominal pain or nagging cramps in the stomach can be the possible outcome of a gastrointestinal disease.

                Bloating & Gas

                Bloating is that uncomfortably ‘full feeling’, along with gas (burping and flatulence). Gas can at times be painful: accumulation of gas in the upper portion of the colon may cause gallbladder-like pain and accumulation in the left upper portion of the colon may make it seem a cardiac/ chest pain.

                Heartburn/GERD

                Gastro esophageal reflux occurs when the acid from the stomach flows backward into the esophagus, causing a burning, acidic feel in the throat and chest..

                Esophagitis

                A condition wherein swallowing food becomes difficult due to irritation or inflammation in the esophagus (food pipe).

                Crohn’s Disease

                A chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract that includes symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss.

                Inflammatory Bowel Disease

                A condition that causes severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, fever and weight loss.

                Irritable Bowel Syndrome

                A condition that leads to discomfort, pain and change in bowel movement.

                Ulcers

                Stomach ulcers or gastric ulcers are open sores/ lesions in the lining of the stomach. Ulcers that occur just beyond the stomach are called duodenal ulcers. Stomach ulcers and gastric ulcers are referred to as peptic ulcers.

                Gallstone Pancreatitis

                Stomach ulcers or gastric ulcers are open sores/ lesions in the lining of the stomach. Ulcers that occur just beyond the stomach are called duodenal ulcers. Stomach ulcers and gastric ulcers are referred to as peptic ulcers.

                Gallstones in women

                Solid clumps of cholesterol crystals/ other substances that form in the gall bladder.

                Hemorrhoids/ Anal Fissures

                Rectal hemorrhoids are swollen or dilated blood vessels in the anal canal. Anal fissure is the tear in the lining of the anal canal.

                Cancers

                The most common type of cancer, Gastrointestinal cancers or GI Cancers include malignant conditions of the esophagus, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, colon, rectum and anus.

                  Liver Diseases

                  The common liver diseases are:

                  • Fatty liver disease and liver cirrhosis due to excess consumption of alcohol
                  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver
                  • Viral hepatitis infections - Hepatitis A, B, C, E
                  • Gastrointestinal bleeding caused by liver injury
                  • Topical infections
                  • Liver cancer
                  • Genetic and metabolic liver diseases
                  • Jaundice
                  • Pancreatitis, usually when caused by alcohol consumption or gallstones
                  • Drug metabolism, drug overdose
                  • Pancreas / biliary tract damage caused by infections, bleeding obstructions, cancers,
                  • Drug overdose, especially paracetamol
                  • Liver storage diseases or enzyme defects that cause liver enlargement in children
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                    To know more about our Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver CareProgrammes, visit our Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care at astermedcity.com.

                    And discover how we live up to our simple promise: We’ll Treat You Well.

                    To know more, call us at: +91 8111998023

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                    Aster Medcity is a 670-bed JCI and NABH accredited quaternary care facility with one Multispeciality Hospital and eight Centres of Excellence.

                    Gastroenterology
                    Dr. G.N Ramesh

                    A veteran Medical Gastroenterologist with more than 25 years of experience to his credit, Dr. G.N Ramesh is one of the most respected medical professionals in India. An expert in managing gastro intestinal disorders and endoscopy, his fields of special interest are Hepatology and inflammatory bowel diseases.

                    Dr. Ismail Siyad K H

                    A Medical Gastroenterologist with more than 15 years of experience in managing complex gastrointestinal disorders and diseases, Dr. Ismail Siyad K H is an expert in upper and lower endoscopies - both diagnostic and therapeutic. He has performed 1000+ complex therapeutic ERCP procedures including biliary and pancreatic endotherapies like stone extraction, biliary and pancreatic stenting. His areas of special interest include therapeutic endoscopy – especially in post-transplant biliary complications, endoscopic mucosal dissections (ESD) and endosonography.

                    Dr. Prakash K

                    A Surgical Gastroenterologist with more than 16 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Prakash K is one of the most respected doctors in Kerala. Trained at some of the best institutions in Europe and India, he is an expert in complex hepatobiliary, pancreatic surgeries and advanced laparoscopic surgeries. The first surgeon to perform single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy and single incision laparoscopic colorectal resection in Kerala, he is also trained in liver transplantation.

                    Dr. Deepak Varma

                    One of the most renowned Surgical Gastroenterologists in Kerala, Dr. Deepak Varma has more than 16 years of experience in managing complex gastrointestinal surgical diseases. Trained at some of the finest medical institutes in Europe, Hong Kong, South Korea and India, he is an expert in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, minimally invasive GI surgery, upper GI and pancreatic cancers, Hepato Pancreato Biliary surgery, liver transplant and coloproctology.

                    Dr. Geetha Mammayil

                    A Paediatric Medical Gastroenterologist with more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Geetha Mammayil is specialises in managing complex Gastrointestinal and liver disease in children. An expert in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures in children including neonates, she has extensive experience in managing post-liver transplant patients as well. Her areas of special interest are Paediatric Hepatology and IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease).

                    Dr. Joby Augustine

                    A Gastroenterologist with more than 5 years of experience, Dr. Joby Augustine is trained in management of gastrointestinal and liver disorders. His fields of special interest include luminal gastroenterology, drug-induced liver diseases, chronic pancreatitis, advanced endoscopy and manometry.

                    Dr Prasad Krishnan

                    A Surgical Gastroenterologist with more than 6 years experience, Dr. Prasad Krishnan is trained complex GI Surgery, Obesity Surgery, Pancreatic Surgery and GI Oncology. His fields of special interest include advanced GI, minimally invasive GI and Robotic GI surgeries.

                    Dr. Jiffy Rasak VA

                    A Gastroenterologist with training in medical management of gastro intestinal and hepato biliary diseases, Dr. Jiffy Rasak’s fields of special interest include luminal gastroenterology, complications of cirrhosis portal hypertension, therapeutic and interventional endoscopy and diseases of the pancreas and biliary system.

                    Dr. Vipin IS

                    A Surgical Gastroenterologist, Dr. Vipin’s areas of special interest include Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery and Portal Hypertension.

                    Dr. Sidarth Chacko

                    A Surgical Gastroenterologist trained in liver transplant and vascular surgery, Dr. Sidarth Chacko’s areas of special interest include Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery and Laparoscopy.MCh in Surgical Gastroenterology (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi) | MS (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi) | MBBS (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi)

                    Dr. Soumya John

                    A General Surgeon with 2 years of experience, Dr. Soumya John’s areas of special interests include gastrointestinal, transplant surgeries, laparoscopic surgery, breast surgery and surgical oncology.

                    Dr. Jeffey George

                    A highly experienced Gastroenterologist, Dr. Jeffey George is an expert in medical management of complex gastrointestinal diseases. An expert in advanced endoscopic procedures like endoscopic ultrasound; his area of special interest is research & management of pancreatic cancer.

                    Dr. Dinesh Thomas Cherian

                    A General Surgeon, Dr. Dinesh’s areas of special interest include onco surgery, trauma and critical care.

                    Integrated Liver Care
                    Dr. Mathew Jacob

                    A highly experienced Hepato Pancreato Biliary surgeon, Dr. Mathew Jacob is an expert in abdominal multi organ transplant surgery (liver, kidneys and pancreas). Trained extensively at some of the best institutes in the UK, he performs both living donor and cadaveric transplant of the liver. An expert in advanced Hepato Pancreato Biliary procedures including complex surgeries for cancers of the liver, gall bladder, liver, bile duct and pancreas; he is also a highly-skilled laparoscopic surgeon.

                    Dr. Rehan Saif

                    A Hepato Pancreato Biliary and abdominal multi organ transplant surgeon with more than 12 years of experience, Dr. Rehan Saif is an expert in highly advanced procedures including liver transplantation (live donor and cadaveric), pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, complex HPB surgery and minimally invasive robotic HPB surgery.

                    Dr. Naveen Ganjoo

                    A Hepatologist trained in some of the best hospitals in USA and India, Dr. Naveen Ganjoo is an expert in advanced liver diseases including pre and post transplant management and liver transplant (both live donor and cadaveric). His areas of special interest include management of autoimmune liver diseases, drug induced liver disease and post- transplant chronic rejection. He is also an expert in diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower GI endoscopies.

                    Dr. Charles Panckel

                    A highly experienced Gastroenterologist , Dr. Charles Panackel is an expert in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation. Trained in the United Kingdom,Singapore and India, his fields of special interest include management of Liver Cancer, Viral Hepatitis C and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease).

                    Dr. Kaiser Raja

                    A Hepatologist with more than 13 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Kaiser Raja is an expert in the medical management of patients with complex liver disease, liver failure, liver cancer and patients requiring liver transplantation. Trained at some of finest institutes in the United States as well as India, his fields of special interest include chronic viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis and metabolic liver disease.

                    Dr. Mallikarjun Sakpal

                    A highly trained Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Dr. Mallikarjun Sakpal is specialises in management of diseases of the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and bile duct and pre/post-operative management of patients who have undergone liver transplantation. He is also an expert in diagnostic and therapeutic Upper GI Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, EUS and ERCP.

                    Dr. Prakash Doraiswamy

                    An expert in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Dr. Prakash Doraiswamy specialises in liver transplantation anaesthesia. Trained at some of the most renowned institutes in the United Kingdom and India, he has been an integral part of more than 100 liver transplant procedures, including dual organ transplantations. Also a trained cardiac Anaesthetist, his fields of special interest include risk assessment & management and enhanced recovery programmes.

                    Dr. Rajiv Lochan J

                    A highly trained Hepato Pancreato Biliary and Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon, Dr Rajiv Lochan is an expert in liver, kidney and pancreas transplant, complex liver, pancreatic and biliary (gall bladder and bile duct) surgeries and surgical resections of complex retroperitoneal sarcomas. Trained in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and India, his fields of special interest include surgery for hilar tumours, HPB resection without the use of blood/blood products, improving the outcomes hepatocellular carcinoma treatment and making living donor hepatectomy safer.

                    Dr. Sonal Asthana

                    A Hepato Pancreato Biliary and Multi-organ Transplant Surgeon with almost two decades of experience to his credit, Dr. Sonal Asthana is an expert in liver, kidney and pancreas transplant, small bowel transplant, clinical islet cell transplant and surgical management of disorders/ diseases of the liver, gall bladder, biliary and pancreas, including cancers. Trained at some of the best institutes in the United Kingdom, Canada and India, his fields of special interest include management of Hepatitis C, Post-Transplant Immunosuppression, Transplant Epidemiology, Ischemia Reperfusion And Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

                    Dr. Arun V

                    An Anaesthetist and chronic pain management expert with two decades of experience to his credit, Dr. Arun V specialises in transplant anaesthesia. Trained in some of the finest institutes in United Kingdom and India, he is an expert in managing anaesthesia for high-risk surgical procedures and difficult airways.

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