What is surgical gastroenterology?

Surgical gastroenterology is a medical specialisation in which issues affecting the GI tract are addressed. A number of conditions can be diagnosed and treated by means of surgical gastroenterology, including diseases of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and digestive tract. Some of the most common conditions of the GI system include acid reflux; ulcers; polyps or growths; hepatitis C; irritable bowel syndrome; pancreatitis; and colon cancer.

What does the procedure involve?

Dr Govender performs a number of endoscopic procedures, in which he uses very specialised surgical instruments to view the GI tract in order to diagnose a range of conditions. During the procedure, a narrow tube with a small camera attached is guided down the oesophagus, allowing Dr Govender to view the inside of the body in detail.

Surgery may be performed in order to remove cancerous growths or to screen and diagnose conditions affecting the digestive system, in which case surgical instruments and a small camera are placed through tiny incisions.

What can I expect after surgical gastroenterology?

Your recovery time will depend on the particular procedure you undergo, although in most cases it is fairly quick. You should avoid strenuous exercise for around 10 days following surgery, but you should be able to get back to most of your usual activities within a day or two.

Dr Govender will prescribe pain medications if necessary.