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Fortis Escorts Liver and Digestive Diseases Institute team holds talks in Faridabad to spread awareness on management of liver and digestive diseases


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Fortis Escorts Liver and Digestive Diseases Institute team holds talks in Faridabad to spread awareness on management of liver and digestive diseases

Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract, liver and Pancreatico-biliary system in children and adults poses a significant concern in India

   India’s top Gastroenterology team talks of the day-to-day management of Liver and digestive diseases


Faridabad, October 10th, 2015: The team of Gastroenterologists from Fortis Escorts Liver & Digestive Diseases Institute led by Dr. Ajay Kumar, Chief & Executive Director and Dr Vivek Vij, Director Liver Transplant and GI Surgery visited Faridabad to deliver talks on various liver and digestive diseases to create awareness among masses and share their experiences with medical community. They were accompanied by their team of Dr. Vikram Bhatia, Dr. Manav Wadhawan and Dr Rajeev Shandil.


 Dr. Ajay Kumar, Chief & Executive Director, Fortis Escorts Liver & Digestive Diseases Institute said, “With the significant rise of liver, gallbladder, pancreas and gastro disease in India it becomes imperative to spread as much awareness as possible about the diseases and their causes. Cleanliness at personal level and at environment level all play a major role in preventing large number of gastrointestinal and liver diseases. At same time lifestyle modifications like exercise, nutritious healthy diet and avoidance of alcohol can prevent lot of diseases of liver and pancreas.”  Dr. Kumar is a recipient of the B C Roy award by President of India.


Dr. Vivek Vij, pioneering liver transplant surgeon credited with more than 2500 liver transplants has started the state of art, integrated Liver transplant program at Fortis Escorts Hospital, situated at Okhla in New Delhi. Dr. Vij delivered a talk on advanced liver diseases and outcomes of liver transplant. He said, “We are seeing liver cirrhosis, cancer caused mainly by infections like hepatitis viruses B & C and alcohol. With low awareness in people there are patients who come to us at a stage where they have to go through a transplant of the liver. We hope people become more educated in ways to prevent and be able to arrest irreversible damages to the organ.”


Dr. Manav Wadhawan, Senior Consultant, Gastroenterology, foremost expert in liver diseases and liver transplant spoke on the management of Hepatitis C. Spread primarily by blood to blood contact, the Hepatitis C is an infectious liver disease that can be chronic if not arrested and treated on time. This consequently leads to scarring of the liver resulting in liver cancer. Dr. Wadhawan said, “With newer treatments more than 95% of patients with Hepatitis C cured of the virus. Need is to pick and treat them early. Those who develop cirrhosis or liver cancer may require a liver transplant.”


Dr, Rajeev Shandil, on talking about the most common digestive tract condition Constipation and its management said, “Constipation is a condition in the colon where the muscles are contracting slowly or poorly leading to slow movement of the stool. This indicates poor performance by the digestive system. When this condition is constant in patients it leads to severe complications, low quality of life.”

The doctors leading the Fortis Escorts Liver & Digestive Diseases Institute (FELDI) offer a complete range of comprehensive diagnostic and pathological tests backed by cutting-edge state-of-the-art technology and innovations to enable speedy and accurate diagnosis and treatment.


In the last decade an estimated 14.3 population has moved from rural to urban areas bringing with them problems such as poor housing conditions, overcrowding, lack of potable drinking water and sanitation facilities, which have a profound effect on human health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3577473/). Large population in India has suffered from some form of Gastrointestinal/Liver disorder or the other, a major burden on the nation of all Hepatitis B and C viruses. These are the major sources of liver diseases. In addition to this, Metabolic Syndrome is affecting the large young population of the country and liver disease in form of Fatty liver is its major component. Thus India has the burden of both infective disease and life style diseases. While our country has still not come out of basic infective diseases like water borne infections causing diarrhea, jaundice etc, life style diseases and cancers have added to the disease burden.


Fortis Escorts has set benchmarks in providing clinical excellence with its path breaking work over the past 26 years. The hospital is backed by the most advanced laboratories performing complete range of investigative tests. This 120 bedded department, that includes Transplant ICU and ICU dedicated to Liver and Digestive diseases, with state-of-the-art Operation Theatres has an extensive framework of specialized medical programmes focused on providing clinical excellence integrated with cutting-edge technologies and innovations to offer world-class treatment.

The Liver & Digestive Diseases Institute provides comprehensive high-end care for a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal, pancreatic and liver disorders through a highly qualified, experienced team of specialists supported by state-of-the-art technology. The department prides itself in providing compassionate care in a soothing ambience with a high premium on patient satisfaction.


About Fortis Healthcare Limited 

Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. The healthcare verticals of the company primarily comprise hospitals, diagnostics and day care specialty facilities. Currently, the company operates its healthcare delivery services in India, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 54 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), approximately 10,000 potential beds and 266 diagnostic centres

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