Gastroenterology

Doctors in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Turkish Hospital specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating digestive tract and liver disorders. These mainly include conditions involving the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon.

Diseases of the esophagus and stomach

  • Gastritis and peptic ulcer disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Pancreatic disorders

Hepatobiliary diseases

  • Viral and Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Gallstone disease

Diseases of the small intestines

  • Celiac disease
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

Diseases of the large intestine

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea

Anorectal disorders

  • Anal fissure
  • Hemorrhoids

Endoscopic and Interventional procedures

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy – EGD (upper endoscopy)

  • EGD + biopsy
  • EGD + polypectomy
  • Treatment of variceal bleeding 
  • Treatment of non-variceal bleeding – hemoclips application
  • Esophageal stent placement
  • Balloon dilatation (benign esophageal stricture)
  • Balloon dilatation (Achalasia)
  • Removal of foreign object
  • Nasogastric/nasojejunal feeding tube placement (with endoscopy)

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy – PEG (PEG-J)

Colonoscopy (lower endoscopy)

  • Colonoscopy + biopsy
  • Colonoscopy + polypectomy
  • Colonic stent placement
  • Balloon dilatation (benign colonic/ileal stricture)
  • Colonoscopic Volvulus Treatment

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography – ERCP

  • ERCP + Sphincterotomy
  • ERCP + biliary stone extraction
  • ERCP + pancreaticobiliary stent placement
  • Nasobiliary drainage

Ultrasound-guided liver biopsy

What is a gastric balloon?

The gastric balloon is a soft, silicone sack that is placed into the stomach and filled with air and sterile water. 

The gastric balloon can:

  • Help you control and limit how much food you eat
  • Reduce the frequency of how often you eat

The overall quantity of food will be less and you will stay satisfied for longer. This is helpful for those with a tendency to snack between meals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a gastric balloon?
  • How much weight will I lose?
  • How long can the balloon remain in my stomach?

The gastric balloon is a soft, silicone sack that is placed into the stomach and filled with air and sterile water. 

The gastric balloon can:

  • Help you control and limit how much food you eat
  • Reduce the frequency of how often you eat

The overall quantity of food will be less and you will stay satisfied for longer. This is helpful for those with a tendency to snack between meals.

You can experience up to 20-25 kilos of weight loss, though some people lose less. Your success depends on whether you make the necessary dietary adjustments or how well you apply them.

Typically, the balloon can remain in your stomach for up to 6-12 months.