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The AIMS Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery features a highly experienced team of gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgeons. Emergency cases are handled round the clock through Casualty.
All major gastric and oesophageal surgeries are undertaken. Minimally invasive gastric and oesophageal surgeries are offered to patients where appropriate. The following conditions are treated on a regular basis:
The GI Surgery department provides integrated oncology care. The treatment of patients with rectal cancer is planned in consultation with an oncologist to include pre-operative radiotherapy. This approach significantly reduces the risk of recurrence of the cancer. The department carries out a variety of procedures and treats conditions including:
The unit operates with two fully equipped laparoscopic suites, which are also equipped with advanced equipment like Harmonic Scalpel, Argon laser, endoscopic stapling devices and endoscopic suturing devices.
The unit is routinely conducting:
The treatment options for treatment of patient with end stage liver disease are limited and the patient usually follows a steady downhill course unless transplanted.
The department works in close association with the Department of Oncology. Management of cancers is handled on the basis of protocols already in place. This close association between the departments allows the patients to get integrated care for their diseases. Unlike most other centres, all phases of the treatment can be completed under one roof. Adjuvant treatment for colorectal cancers, cancers of the stomach and pancreas, cholangiocarcinoma, etc. are taken up after detailed discussions between the surgeon and the oncologist. This interaction helps in the optimisation of the treatment for each patient.
The department has a fully equipped stoma care centre that takes care of patients with stomas. Patients who need permanent or temporary diversion of the faecal stream are given advice regarding the types of stoma care materials and are trained about the proper use and care of the appliances. The unit is manned by trained enterostomal therapists. They take care to ensure smooth and painless transition to life with a stoma.
Stoma care products are available at subsidised rates through the hospital pharmacy, which is a boon to patients who need a variety of imported and indigenous products for stoma care. The facility of stoma counseling and products are available for patients operated at other hospitals.
The GI Surgery unit functions as a tertiary referral center for hepatobiliary and pancreatic trauma from all over Kerala. Complicated postoperative GI and biliary fistulas are also admitted through the emergency services.The GI bleed team composing of the critical care specialist, the medical gastroenterologist, interventional radiologist and the GI surgeon manage the patient with a well coordinated approach. The excellent conventional and interventional radiological facilities available in the hospital allow conservative treatment for many major intra-abdominal injuries especially major intra-abdominal vascular trauma.
The AIMS transplant team comprises of experienced transplant and vascular surgeons backed up by a large GI surgical and anesthetic team. The pre-transplant work up and followup are done at a monthly liver transplant clinic conducted at the Department of GI Surgery. In this clinic experienced hepatologists and the transplant team streamline the treatment plans for individual patients with end-stage liver disease. The excellent intensive care and supportive services meet the full compliment of requirements for a successful transplant setup.
Surgical treatment is offered to patients with pancreatic cancers as well as chronic pancreatitis.The pancreas clinic is conducted in coordination with the Medical Gastroenterology and Endocrinology departments to give integrated care to patients with chronic pancreatitis.
Obesity clinic is conducted in association with the Department of Endocrinology.