Gastroenterology is a medical specialty that studies the normal function and diseases of the entire digestive system. It therefore includes the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon / rectum and anus, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

It involves a detailed knowledge of the physiology of gastrointestinal organs, including motility, digestion and absorption of nutrients. It includes important and common pathologies such as polyps and cancer, hepatitis, oesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and bile duct diseases, nutritional problems, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, benign and malignant pancreatic lesions , pancreatitis, hemorrhoidal pathology and anal fissure.

The Gastroenterologist is the doctor that specialises in Gastroenterology and works in various departments, Out-Patients Consultation (specialized and non-specialized); in the Endoscopy Unit conducting urgent / therapeutic exams / treatments and / or surveillance and also in the In-Patients Unit supporting hospitalized patients.

 Consultations can be General Gastroenterology and more specialized, depending on the patient’s gastrointestinal problems. Consultations on functional diseases of the oesophagus, inflammatory bowel disease, placement of endoscopic percutaneous gastrostomy, gastroenterology-biliary tract and pancreas, hepatology, proctology, and digestive cancer family risk consultations. 

Specialty Surgeries / Procedures performed at the HPA Health Group

At the Endoscopy Unit, the Gastroenterologist performs exams such as high endoscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), upper and lower digestive echo endoscopies, enteroscopy, endoscopic video capsule endoscopy, high-resolution oesophageal manometry/pH-metry, and anal-rectum manometry and proctology treatments.

Strong Points of this Specialty at the HPA Health Group 

Coordination between the various specialties is a priority of our Group. Gastrointestinal pathology is no different.

From the initial diagnosis to treatment of your disease, our multidisciplinary team will be with you throughout each stages of your "gastrointestinal" journey. We have regular multidisciplinary meetings, mainly in the pathology of oncology, in order to provide the best treatment currently available and in the fastest possible way. 

medical specialty available on the following units


Endoscopy Units:
Hospital Particular do Algarve | Alvor
Hospital Particular do Algarve | Gambelas - Faro
Hospital Particular da Madeira - Funchal
Madeira Medical Center - Funchal

Hepatology Consultation

Effective therapeutic treatment for Haemorrhoidal Disease
Healthy Digestive System
Proctology and Haemorrhoids

Main Links of the Societies of Gastroenterology / digestive endoscopy: