The Operating Unit, in collaboration with the University, deals with the prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment and/or therapeutic endoscopy of digestive diseases (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, anus and rectum, pancreas and biliary tract).

Out-patient clinical activities conducted include:

  • Diagnostic endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound)
  • Pathophysiology of the digestive system (stationary esophageal manometry and anorectal manometry, PH-metry and 24 hour stationary esophageal manometry, biofeedback) 
  • Genetic counseling services for family members of patients with potentially hereditary digestive cancers
  • Specialist visits- Gastroenterology Level 1 (definition of the disease, diagnosis and treatment plan)
  • Specialist visits-Level 2 for the following specific diseases:
  • Diseases of the esophagus (gastroesophageal reflux, disturbs motility)
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, indeterminate colitis) and celiac disease
  • Diseases of the pancreas
  • Constipation and incontinence

Hospitalization activities include:

  • Urgent admissions (digestive bleeding, acute pancreatitis, cholecystitis, inflammation of the bowel)
  • Elective admissions for acute digestive diseases
  • Surgical endoscopy procedures (dilatation and esophageal prosthesis, sclerotherapy and endoscopic ligatures of esophageal varices, complex polypectomies, retrograde cholangiopancreatography, sphincterotomy, biliary prosthesis, extraction of gallstones,  enteral prostheses, mucosectomy, EUS ultrasound)