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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

SKH’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology service consists of a dedicated care team of specialists that works to advance the field and improve the quality of care for patients dealing with mild to complex gastrointestinal (GI) and liver conditions. The team offers a full range of medical treatments for digestive diseases, including conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines (colon), liver, biliary system and pancreas.

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology (liver focused) department at Sengkang General Hospital specialises in the prevention, diagnoses and treatment of diseases involving the liver, pancreas, digestive and biliary systems.

SKH’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology service consists of a dedicated care team of specialists that works to advance the field and improve the quality of care for patients dealing with mild to complex gastrointestinal (GI) and liver conditions. The team offers a full range of medical treatments for digestive diseases, including conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines (colon), liver, biliary system and pancreas.

You may be advised by your doctor to visit a Gastroenterology and Hepatology specialists if you find yourself experiencing symptoms such as unexplained weight loss or anaemia (short of red blood cells), abnormal/change in bowel movements, rectal bleeding (blood in your stool), frequent heartburn, indigestion, abdominal pain, bloating, trouble swallowing, recurrent vomiting or are of an age that requires regular screening for cancer e.g. colorectal cancer. Patients are also referred for management of fatty liver, abnormal liver blood tests, raised blood cancer markers, various hepatitis diseases, pancreas and biliary system problems (e.g. stone in the bile duct, pancreas cyst). The SKH Gastroenterology and Hepatology department provides holistic, patient-centred comprehensive management plans for investigations and treatment of the various conditions.

Our team of Gastroenterologists perform advanced endoscopic (scope) diagnostic and screenings tests as well as therapeutic procedures. The dedicated care teams are able to quickly and accurately detect and treat common GI conditions such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and Helicobacter pylori infection, providing optimal patient care every step of the way.

If you’re looking for a Gastroenterology specialist, you’d be pleased to note that Sengkang General Hospital’s team of Gastroenterologist offers comprehensive, and coordinated care for patients with all types of digestive diseases. Our collaborative practice of gastroenterologists and endoscopists are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of these digestive diseases.

Our Clinical Specialities

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Symptoms (e.g. bloating, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Liver and Pancreatico-biliary Cancers
  • Management of Functional Bowel Disease (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Management of Hepatitis (e.g. Hepatitis A, B and C)
  • Management of Fatty Liver
  • Management of Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Management of Liver Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension
  • Management of Pancreas, Bile Duct and Gallbladder diseases
  • Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (e.g. Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening

Our Clinical Facilities

  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Endoscopy Center (Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy)
  • Inpatient wards and Services
  • Gastrointestinal Function Unit (e.g. Liver Fibroscan, Capsule Endoscopy, Ano-rectal Manometry, pH Monitoring and Manometry)
 

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Conditions We Treat

There are a variety of conditions that can arise in the digestive tract. Many of these conditions and diseases can progress to serious complications if left untreated. Conditions our team of gastroenterology & hepatology doctors and specialists at SKH treat include:

 
 

Treatments Offered

  • Oesophagogastroduodenoscopy (OGD)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Enteroscopy
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

 

FAQs

Why do I burp, pass wind so much and feel bloated?

There are various possible causes for these common symptoms. Symptoms in majority of people will improve with treatment. When symptoms do not respond to treatment or when serious symptoms occur (e.g. weight loss, unable to finish usual portions of food), investigations are required to exclude serious diseases e.g. cancer.  

I have fatty liver disease. Is it dangerous?

Fatty liver is a common finding on scans. The majority of people will have no problem with fatty livers. However, there is a need to see a doctor to screen for inflammation of the liver that could lead to liver damage in the long term. Gastroenterologists investigate for other possible causes of liver inflammation, manage the fatty liver disease and stratify the long term prognosis based on tests quantifying the damage to the liver.  

Should I worry if I cannot swallow properly and have indigestion?

There are various possible causes of the above symptoms e.g. swallowing mechanism, excess acid. Gastroenterologists will take detailed history to try and understand the exact problem. Subsequently, appropriate investigations and treatment can be arranged.  

There has been a change in bowel habit e.g. diarrhoea/ constipation. Is this serious?

Change in bowel habit can occur depending on various factors e.g. diet, water consumption, medicines. Transient changes may occur. Prolonged changes in bowel movement habit especially with worrying symptoms (e.g. blood in stool, weight loss, abdominal pain) will need further investigations for serious conditions e.g. cancer, inflammation of intestines.
 

Our Care Team

Your inpatient and outpatient care for digestive and liver diseases is in good care with SKH Gastroenterology and Hepatology team. From drug therapies to advanced endoscopic technologies, our medical team is experienced in treating an extensive range of conditions. The team is committed to patient safety and quality clinical care. Have questions? Need an appointment or a second opinion? Make an appointment with us today.
 

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