Each year, close to 15,000 advanced endoscopic procedures are performed on patients from the entire Negev at Soroka's Gastroenterology Institute, one of the largest in Israel. The procedures are used to diagnose and treat diseases of the large intestine, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and bile ducts.
The staff performs a variety of invasive exams to diagnose and treat diseases of the digestive tract and tumors such as: detection of ulcers, polyps, treatment of gall stones, stopping sources of bleeding, endoscopic ectomy to treat tumors. Academic and research work designed to promote and improved treatment of these disease is also done at the institute. Clinical trials are conducted at the institute to examine the efficacy of new drugs in treating diseases such as inflammatory intestinal diseases and liver diseases.
Prof. Alexander Fich, Director of the Gastroenterology Institute, at Soroka, "The new center was meticulously designed according to the most current thinking about endoscopy units worldwide and complies with the strictest quality and safety standards. It is located in a safe area, which will make it possible for it to work in times of war and emergencies. It includes a reception area before tests, six examination rooms, a large recovery room and two rooms for discharging patients after procedures. Two of the rooms can be used to perform procedures with an anesthesiologist, and one of the rooms is set up to perform procedures under guidance. This includes advanced procedures such as ERCP (examinations and treatments of the billary and pancreatic ductal systems)."
Prof. Fich added, "The innovative center makes it possible for us to provide service under the most advanced conditions to residents of the Negev. The patients benefit from appropriate conditions and there is a potential to shorten wait times in the future."