Ivy Hospital Launches Institute of Obesity & Digestive Diseases


First superspecialist institute in North to provide all solutions for obesity, liver and digestive diseases under one roof

NewZNew (S A S Nagar) : Ivy Hospital here today launched Institute of Obesity and Digestive Diseases, which would be the first superspecialist institute in North India for obesity, liver and digestive diseases. The new institute was launched by Gurtej Singh, Chairman Ivy Healthcare Ltd. and this unit will provide the tertiary care treatment for such diseases.


Dr. Kanwardeep Kaur, Medical Director Ivy Hospital, Mohali in a media briefing informed the media, the superspecialist team would comprise of Dr. Manmohan Singh Bedi, Surgical Gastroenterologist and Bariatric surgeon and Dr. Ravinder Goyal, Medical Gastroenterologist, backed by the infrastructure provided by Ivy Hospital.

Dr. Kaur said, what makes the unit different is that both medical and surgical solution to the problem can be provided by a team of super specialists under one roof with full back up of ICU and other ancillary facilities. Unit is fully equipped with latest endoscopes and laparoscopic equipment that is backed by interventional radiology and laboratory services required for diagnosing and treating these diseases.

Dr. Kanwardeep Kaur, Medical Director Ivy Hospital, Mohali, said, so far digestive diseases units have been managed alone by physicians. This is for the first time in northern India that both medical and surgical superspecialists combine together to provide complete care under one roof. These kind of liver and digestive disease centres are running in South India (Hyderabad, Cochin etc.) and treating patients from all over country. Now patients can avail this facility locally.

Dr. Manmohan Singh Bedi, Surgical Gastroenterologist and Bariatric surgeon said, treatment can be provided by minimally invasive method by endoscopy, interventional radiology or laparoscopy, which was so far being used selectively for certain diseases but it is the only department in the region doing all surgeries of digestive system, cancerous or non-cancerous by laparoscopy thus enhancing the recovery of patient.

He also gave a live example of a 50 year old woman who was suffering from Paraesophageal Hernia with volvulus of stomach (large part of stomach lying upside down in chest). Patient was taken up for laparoscopy by making small hole in umbilicus. Laparoscopic dissection was done and surgery was completed successfully without requiring opening up of abdomen. Laparoscopic repair of hernia, reduction of volvulus and fundoplication was done.

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Dr. Ravinder Goyal, Medical Gastroenterologist, while speaking on the occasion said, liver diseases are also on rise in northern India due to increased viral infection of liver, alcohol consumption and obesity. So avoiding alcohol and drugs can help decrease the economic and social load of these diseases on society and individuals.


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