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Interventional Endoscopy - Gastroenterology in Chembur, Mumbai

Interventional gastroenterology is a subspecialty of gastroenterology that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the digestive system. Top interventional gastroenterologists in Mumbai use minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and manage patients’ symptoms.

What do we need to know about interventional gastro procedures?

An interventional gastroenterologist does not just treat conditions, but also reduces the risk of developing digestive system complications, and improves treatment outcomes of complex diseases. Some conditions that are treated using interventional gastroenterology include Barrett’s esophagus, bowel obstruction, cancers of the digestive system, gallstones, fistulas and hemorrhoids.

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What are the types of interventional gastro procedures?

Interventional gastroenterology involves the use of advanced and high-tech therapeutic procedures to prevent the progression of diseases in the gastrointestinal tract. The types of procedures include:

  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Cholangioscopy
  • Enteroscopy
  • Pre-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration
  • Submucosal “third space” endoscopy

What are the symptoms for which the procedures are performed?

Based on the symptoms presented by a patient, an interventional gastroenterologist zeroes in on the right procedure. Most often, patients present with unexplained or overlapping symptoms such as:

  • Persistent or recurrent heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Fecal or occult blood
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Swallowing trouble

What necessitates interventional gastro procedures?

Conditions such as:

  • GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Ulcers
  • Swelling or inflammation in any part of the digestive system
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Celiac Disease
  • Narrowing of the esophagus 
  • Blockages in any part of the digestive system
  • Cancer or precancerous lesions

When do you need to see a doctor?

If you are suffering from any of the conditions mentioned above, you must consult an interventional gastroenterologist in Mumbai right away.

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Chembur, Mumbai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What are the complications from interventional gastro procedures?

They may include:

  • Discomfort in the abdomen
  • Abdominal pain that gets worse after a procedure
  • Bleeding from the site
  • Perforation of a part of the GI tract
  • Allergic reaction to a sedative
  • Oversedation
  • Infection
  • Perforated intestine
  • Postpolypectomy Electrocoagulation Syndrome
  • Hardness in the abdomen
  • Fever and dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Frequent and bloody bowels
  • Bleeding from the rectum


The field of gastroenterology and interventional gastroenterology can help diagnose abnormalities in the digestive system of an individual using a host of different techniques and procedures. An interventional gastroenterologist also collects tissue samples for analysis in case of cancer, polyps and other tissue growth. If you are suffering from any gastrointestinal symptoms, consult the best interventional gastroenterologist in Mumbai.

How do I prepare for an endoscopy appointment?

You must stop taking solid foods and milk after 10 pm the night before your procedure. On the day of the procedure, you must drink only clear liquids and avoid consuming anything for at least 4 hours before the endoscopy appointment.

Can a gastroenterologist remove tissue samples for analysis during an enteroscopy procedure?

Apart from visualizing internal tissues in the gastrointestinal system, a gastroenterologist can use forceps or scissors to collect tissue samples for analysis.

Can I continue taking my medications while I undergo a colonoscopy?

Before most interventional gastroenterology procedures, patients need to stop their blood-thinning medications a few days before their appointments. Patients who are taking iron and NSAID medications must discontinue these medications before their appointments. However, patients must consult their physicians before stopping medications for colonoscopies.


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