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Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Double Check


Professor Michael Fried’s clinic for Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Double Check offers comprehensive diagnostics and therapy in the field of gastroenterology (i.e. the branch of medicine focused on the digestive system) and hepatology (i.e. the branch of medicine that incorporates diagnostics and treatment of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, and pancreas). In addition to the best diagnostics and state-of-the-art therapy, we place particular emphasis on prevention and early detection as well as comprehensive follow-up care after interventions.

Professor Michael Fried is a highly-trained and world-renowned gastroenterologist with extensive clinical expertise in the entire field of gastroenterology. He specialises in diseases of the oesophagus and the stomach, the various cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract and the entire spectrum of functional bowel disorders. He also has profound expertise in the field of inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. As an accomplished interventionist, he offers a comprehensive portfolio of endoscopic examination methods. He is one of the world’s leading specialist in gastroenterology and hepatology and has worked for over 30 years at university hospitals including: University Hospital Zurich, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV/PMU), Basel University Hospital and UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, USA. For the last 23 years, he served as the director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Hospital Zurich.

Gastroenterology is a vast subsection of internal medicine, and covers disorders of the oesophagus, the gastrointestinal tract, and the large organs in the abdominal cavity. Prof. Fried’s clinic at Double Check offers an extensive spectrum of diagnostic and treatment services in the area of gastroenterology, including:

What is Gastroscopy?
Gastroscopy is a highly effective method for diagnosing non-specific upper abdominal pain. It involves an endoscope being placed in the mouth and moved down the oesophagus and into the stomach. This helps, for example to identify and prescribe treatment for bacterial infection (helicobacter pylori), gastric and duodenal ulcers, oesophageal and gastric tumours or gluten intolerance.

What is Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy (examination of the entire large intestine, the rectum, and the anus using a flexible viewing tube) is an important part of preventative health examinations. It is also indicated for resolving the causes of non-specific abdominal pains, irregular bowel movements, blood in the stool, endoscopic polyps monitoring, removal of polyps and other precancerous lesions and the diagnosis or progress monitoring of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis).

What is Proctoscopy?
A proctoscopy (examination of the lowest part of the rectum and anal canal using a viewing tube) may be recommended to diagnose or classify the severity of haemorrhoids and prescribe therapy. It is also a reliable and safe method for excluding anal carcinoma (malicious tumours in the anal canal) or anal fissures (tiny tears in the anal mucous membrane).

What is Endoscopy?
An endoscopy enables us to look inside the body, using a specially-illuminated optical instrument (an endoscope) to examine the interior of a hollow organ or body cavity. Gastrointestinal endoscopy (or stomach endoscopy) enables us to see the inside lining of your digestive tract and to enable the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.

Ultrasound of the abdominal organs and vessels:
For many complaints, an ultrasound of the abdominal organs is a safe and non-invasive diagnostic tool. When performed properly by Double Check’s experts, it is also a very effective method to confirm or exclude various internal illnesses.

Gastroenterological disorders:

We offer diagnostics and therapy for all gastroenterological disorders, including:

  • Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease/Ulcerative colitis)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, other functional abdominal disorders
  • Chronic/acute diarrhoea
  • Acute and chronic pancreatic disorders
  • Gall bladder and bile duct disorders
  • Disorders of the oesophagus (heartburn, varicose veins, Barrett’s disease, reflux disease)
  • Achalasia (difficulties swallowing)
  • Vague abdominal pains
  • Increased liver values
  • Food allergies, food intolerance, celiac disease

With Prof. Fried’s wealth of experience as a gastroenterologist and our unique network of specialists, we will be by your side to provide help and advice, guiding you through check-ups, diagnosis, treatment and any aftercare procedures. Understanding and complying with your treatment is an incredibly important aspect of recovery, so we make this our absolute priority. Whether you visit us for a health check-up, for diagnostics or for treatment and aftercare, you can rest assured that we will fully explain every detail of your diagnosis and therapy.

Interview with Prof. Dr. med. Michael Fried: What is IBS?

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