ROUTINE COLON SCREENINGS SAVE LIVES
Meet Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, Dr Stelios Papasavvas
Private Hospital Paphos – We often speak to leading medical specialists from St. George’s & Blue Cross Private Hospitals in Paphos, to find out more about their medical specialty. In this interview, Cyprus in Style, speaks with the leading Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Dr Stelios Papasavvas MD ERCP EUS, who runs his busy clinic at the Blue Cross Hospital Paphos.
St. George’s and the Blue Cross hospitals joined forces in 2012, to create a unique and comprehensive medical facility for the Pafos region. Their combined professionalism, expertise and resources, together with their state-of-the-art medical equipment, means that they can offer the highest standard of medical care in Paphos. They work with many doctors across the island, who are leaders in their field. This includes over eighty doctors and a staff of over one hundred. The hospitals are a centre of medical excellence in Paphos.
Dr Papasavvas completed his extensive medical training in both Athens and London. He finished his studies at the Hammersmith Hospital, where he did his clinical fellowship in Endoscopic Ultrasonography. He has written several medical papers and articles on his areas of specialisation, with a great emphasis on the colonoscopy procedure. He is a specialist in Endoscopic Ultrasonography. Here, we speak with Dr Papasavvas to find out more about his work and benefit from his best advice on avoiding certain gastro diseases.
WHAT IS A GASTROENTEROLOGIST AND HEPATOLOGIST?
A Gastroenterologist is a doctor who has completed specific training to treat any digestive disorders. Such irregularities can occur in the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, liver, small and large intestines. While Hepatology is a separate area of medicine in the treatment of liver disease, it is closely linked with Gastroenterology.
Whilst my primary role is the treatment of my patients, I am also heavily involved, and very interested in, research to find new methods, which can detect gastrointestinal disease and ultimately prevent their development. At the same time, I am always looking for new and more effective drugs to treat my gastroenterology and hepatology patients.
WHY DID YOU BECOME A DOCTOR IN THIS MEDICAL FIELD?
I always knew that I wanted to become a doctor at a very young age. There was never any question that I would do anything else. Medicine is my passion. During my training, I became more and more interested in gastroenterology, including why people got ulcers and polyps. I was also interested in the importance of endoscopies and colonoscopies for the early treatment of cancers in these areas. As a doctor, you always want to do your best by your patient, and this is always my aim. I enjoy my outpatient clinics as I have the opportunity to speak with my patients. It is my responsibility to be up to date with the latest medical research and drugs.
HOW HAVE YOUR PATIENTS BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID 19?
Sadly, during the height of the pandemic, we were forced to cancel routine endoscopies, but we were able to still do urgent cases. We have tried to support all our patients throughout this time with the best advice and support. Today, I am happy to report that we are once again carrying out all our routine procedures, with all the new personal protective measures, which protect both the patients and my team.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR THE PREVENTION OF GASTRO DISEASES?
As a doctor, I think we all say the same thing to prevent certain diseases developing. We advise all patients to eat a balanced diet and to drink in moderation. Of course, this is very important, but I firmly believe that the avoidance of stress is an essential factor as well. Stress is not good for the body, and I see this time and time again in my patients. If we can avoid stress, it will improve our future health.
I would also advise anyone to make sure that they have all the medical screenings, which are appropriate to their age group. For example, any man or woman aged 50 or over should have a Colonoscopy. Depending on the results of this initial colonoscopy, it is then decided, how often this procedure should take place. If there is a family history of Bowel Cancer, this age bracket should be lowered. Also, in the event that there are abnormalities in the body, you should always see your doctor for advice. Early detection will also make any disease easier to treat.
To book a consultation with Dr Papasavvas, at Blue Cross Hospital Paphos, please call +357 26 221 111.
Published by Cyprus in Style November 2020 – #InStyleBusinessNetwork
About St George’s & Blue Cross Hospital Paphos
Private Hospital Paphos – St George & Blue Cross Hospital is the premier healthcare company which is focused on delivering the highest quality care to everyone with any kind of medical condition. 24 hour highly qualified doctors and highly trained staff are available to help you overcome any medical issues you may have to face in your life. They will be with you every step of the way. The two hospitals merged into one organisation to offer the best medical care in the Pafos region. Click here to view their website.
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