Germany employs the latest technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases such as hepatitis, gastritis, colitis, ulcers and pancreatitis.

German clinics have centres specialising in diseases of the esophagus, stomach, liver, biliary tract, colon and rectum. A dedicated inter-disciplinary team of doctors - gastroenterologists, radiologists, surgeons, nutritionists, morphologists and even psychologists - work closely on each patient. Such comprehensive approach makes it possible to devise an effective individual treatment scheme for each patient, taking into account all related diseases and secondary factors. In many cases it is possible to achieve recovery using conservative methods - diet, antacid, anti-emetic, laxatives, sorbents - all thanks to many years of experience, availability of the newest diagnostic equipment and high-quality drugs.

Capsule endoscopy is one of the most advanced non-invasive methods of diagnostic by way of the patient swallowing a miniature camera safely shielded by a capsule. A specialist can then examine the entire digestive tract in detail, including areas of the small intestine that are difficult to access. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic.

Another innovative way to examine the small intestine is a double-balloon enteroscopy, which is used to determine the cause of internal bleeding. Using a new procedure called narrow-body imaging, German gastroenterologists are able to investigate the fine structure of the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract and detect early forms of cancer.

If surgery is required, minimally invasive technologies (laparoscopy or endoscopy) are given preference. This way much less harm is done to the neighbouring healthy tissues, the recovery period is curtailed and appearance remains intact.

There are many institutions specialized in this area in Germany, among them the Vivantes Friedrichshain Clinic, Helios Munich West, the German Red Cross Clinic Berlin Mitte, St. Francis and St. Vincent's Hospital, and the Brothers of Charity Hospital.

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