Upper GI Surgeons

What is an upper gastrointestinal surgeon?

Upper GI surgeons are responsible for the surgical management of patients with disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract:

  • Oesophagus
  • Stomach
  • Duodenum
  • Small bowel
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Biliary tree

Upper GI surgeons are often involved in the investigation and surgical management (if required) of

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Weight loss

What medical conditions do upper GI surgeons treat

  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Tumours, benign and malignant of the upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Strictures of the upper GI tract
  • Foreign bodies in the GI tract
  • Bleeding of the upper Gi tract
  • Liver disease

What procedures and operations do upper GI surgeons perform?

Upper GI surgeons have a large number of procedures and operations they perform. Some of these include:

  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasonography
  • Small bowel enteroscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Laparoscopic surgery of the upper GI tract
  • Open surgery of the upper Gi tract
  • Gastrectomy
  • Oesophagectomy
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy (whipple procedure)
  • Liver resection
  • Biliary surgery
  • Cholecystectomy

Training and qualifications




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