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Gastroenterology is a subarea of internal medicine, which is concerned with the diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the oesophagus, the stomach, the pancreas, the liver and the bile ducts as well as the small and the large intestine and the rectum.

The spectrum of the gastroenterological department includes the diagnostics and the treatment of diseases of the oesophagus, the stomach, the small and large intestine as well as diseases of the liver, the gall bladder and the pancreas. The department has a variety of equipment at its disposal, including the newest generation of endoscopes.

Apart from examinations such as gastroscopies and colonoscopies, endoscopic radiological interventions are also performed on the bile ducts and the pancreas. Ultrasound scans are performed externally as well as internally, by means of a probe which is swallowed by the patient. Surgical procedures, such as an endoscopic resection of early carcinomas, can also be performed during these examinations.

The clinic also has a 24-hour emergency service for adults and children. A gastroenterological specialist and a specially trained team of nurses are able to detect haemorrhages and carry out haemostasis or remove foreign bodies at any time – such as in cases of gastrointestinal bleeding.

Our service spectrum includes

  • Removal of flat growths (benign polyps, malignant tumours: polypectomy, endoscopic resection and submucosal dissection)
  • Hemostasis e.g. for stomach and duodenal ulcers
  • Treatment of bleeding vascular malformations by means of argon plasma coagulation (APC)
  • Placement of feeding tubes (PEG, PEJ)
  • Dilatation of constrictions in the gastrointestinal tract by means of balloon dilatation or metal lattice stents
  • Ultrasound-guided punctures for obtaining tissue specimens
  • Treatment of varicose veins of the oesophagus or the stomach
  • Removal of foreign bodies
  • Dilatation of the confluence of the bile duct 
  • Haemorrhoid therapy

In addition to the patient’s clinical background, gastroenterology also includes physical examinations, laboratory procedures including statoscopies (stool screens) and function tests (pH-metry, manometry, breath tests to determine sugar incompatibility).

The endocsopy team uses the latest generation of high resolution video endoscopes. The ultrasound unit disposes over high performance, state of the art high-end instruments. Furthermore, we cooperate closely with the in-house radiological practice which provides multislice computer tomographs (CT), two magnetic resonance tomographs (MRT) and further examination techniques in addition to conventional X-ray methods.

As a sub-domain of gastroenterology, the hepatology department (liver disease) also plays an important role in our clinic. A large number of patients with chronic diseases of the liver require specific treatments and long-term care, which we are able to provide in cooperation with the respective family physicians.

As a member of the Oncological Center Speyer, which is recognised and certified by the German Cancer Society, as well as the Intestine Center Speyer, the medical clinic is able to make a competent and interdisciplinary contribution to the diagnostics and treatment of malignant diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract, the pancreas, the liver, the lungs, the blood-forming organs and other types of tumours.

Diagnostic and therapeutic measures are carried out in close cooperation with the department of visceral surgery at the Diakonissen-Stiftungs-Krankenhaus Speyer. As a team they decide whether classical surgery is required or whether a disease can be treated with a minimally invasive intervention or exclusively by means of medication.

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