Upper GI (Gastro-Intestinal) Diseases are conditions and disorders of the upper digestive organs including the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, bile ducts, liver, pancreas and spleen and abdominal wall. Many of these (e.g. ulcers) may be controlled with medicines, but others such as gallstones, reflux disease, hiatus hernia and motility disorders are better treated by surgery .
Diagnosis of these conditions is usually made following investigations including endoscopy (small flexible camera into the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum), radiological investigations which may include Ultrasound, CT and MRI scans or dynamic contrast studies and oesophageal physiology.
Almost all Upper GI procedures are now carried out by keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery, which means that big operations can be carried out using very small incisions. This means much less pain, scarring, a faster recovery and return to normal activities and quality of life. Keyhole surgery can also deal with abdominal wall hernia, another very common condition.