Fluoroscopic procedures offered consist of Endoscopic Retrograde CholangioPancreatography and pn-eumatic dilation of achalasia cardia. Stones in the common bile duct are removed via ERCP and plastic biliary stents are used to relieve obstruction due to benign or malignant strictures in the biliary tract. Expertise at placing metallic biliary stents is also available.
There is considerable focus on research with particular focus on chronic liver disease that includes viral hepatitis B and C and cirrhosis. The department is credited with several research publications in peer reviewed journals and regularly contributes to poster presentations in local and inter-national GastroenterologyHepa-tology conferences. Collabo-ration over a research project on “Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy” with centres in all four provinces has recently concluded. These days, the Gastroenterology depar-tment is working on another multi-centre project on “Acute on chronic liver failure”
There is close collaboration with a Gujranwala based NGO (Gujranwala Liver Foundation) that provides diagnostic and treatment facilities to poor hepatitis B and C patients. The Clinical Director Dr. Asad Chaudhry is a visiting faculty mem-ber at Fatima Memorial Hospital and the department provides human resource support to the organization as well.
The department envisions the creation of a Liver Transplant Centre which, to start with, would evaluate patients and their donors for liver transplantation and also provide them with post liver transplant advice and manag-ement. This will be further expanded into carrying out indigenous liver transplants in collaboration with Department of Surgery. Endoscopic Ultrasound is also a service that the department would like to start in the near future.
Since the department boasts of a qualified female gastroenterologist, colonoscopy in complete privacy is provided to women who would prefer a woman to examine them.