The Day Procedure Unit of Mahkota Medical Centre is a one stop centre that is especially dedicated to such cause. As the name suggests, it is a specialist unit that caters to a variety of day diagnostic procedures that do not require admission into the hospital. Most of the procedures in the unit are done on an outpatient basis. The Day Procedure Unit is well equipped with state of the art equipment. It is staffed with skilled and experienced nurses as well as technicians that are dedicated to consistent delivery of quality Non Invasive Cardiac and Endoscopic Procedures in an efficient and cost conscious manner. We are dedicated to providing our services in an environment, which stresses patient privacy and confidentiality, where the patients' satisfaction is our ultimate goal.
Non Invasive Cardiac Procedure
The Day Procedure Unit doubles as a Non Invasive Cardiac and Respiratory Diagnostic Laboratory where various short procedures are carried out to evaluate cardiac and respiratory functions. The range of investigations offered in the unit includes:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- 24 Hours Holter Monitoring
- 24 Hours Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Pacemaker Analysis
- Treadmill Exercise Test
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Lung Function Test
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Gastro Intestinal Endoscopy
Endoscopy is an important tool for gastroenterologists and surgeons dealing with problems of the digestive tract. E ndoscopes are thin flexible telescopes that allow trained specialists to examine most areas of the gut. At the end of the scope is a tiny television camera, which allows the doctor to see the lining of the gut up close and in colour on a television monitor and small specimens of tissue from the lining of the gut can be taken for detailed analysis in the laboratory for any infection or inflammation or cancerous cell. It has become very popular because many diagnoses can be made simply by looking at the video images, and at recordings taken on compact disk or prints. Endoscopic treatments have also revolutionized the management of many digestive diseases that used to require major surgery but can now be treated by endoscopy on an outpatient basis.
Examinations of Different Parts of the Gut have Different Names
Upper Endoscopy or Oseophagogastroduodenoscopy (OGDS) refers to the examination of the esophagus, stomach and upper part of the small intestines (duodenum).
Sigmoidoscopy and Colonoscopy refer to endoscopy examinations of the bowel, through the anus. The sigmoidoscopy procedure examines only the distal one or two feet of the large bowel (anus, rectum and sigmoid colon), whereas colonoscopy refers to examination of the entire large bowel.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP) is an extension of upper endoscopy, which allows doctors to probe the ductal (drainage) systems of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. Dye is injected into these ductal systems and x-ray pictures are taken to show any obstructions or abnormalities. During ERCP procedure , stones in the bile duct and pancreas or any other types of obstruction can be treated using various cutting and grasping devices or stenting respectively.
Other therapeutic gastro-intestinal endoscopic procedures done in the day procedure unit include:
- Oesophageal Dilatation
- Gastrointestinal Stenting
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
Apart from endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract, the unit also has facilities for endoscopic examinations of the respiratory tract such as pharynoscopy, larynoscopy and bronchoscopy.
Recovery Room Facilities
The Recovery Room at the Day Procedure Unit is ideally located just next to the endoscopy procedure rooms to minimize unnecessary transferring, handling and transportation while you are under sedation. It is well equipped and appropriately staffed to ensure a pleasant and smooth recovery from the sedation given during the procedure. You will be well monitored and supervised while you recuperate to ensure that you are awake, comfortable and stable before you can be discharged from the unit.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (commonly called ESWL or lithotripsy) has been available in Mahkota Medical Centre since 1995 and is located in the Operating Theatre Complex.
This non-invasive treatment of urinary stones is performed by a urologist utilizing a machine called a lithotripter. Using x-ray fluoroscopic guidance, your physician, along with a specially trained radiologic technologist, will target the exact location of your kidney stone. The shock waves are then aimed at the stone, which is fragmented into sand-like particles, small enough to be passed through normal elimination. Each treatment takes approximately 30-45 minutes and the majority of treatments are performed under IV sedation which maintains patient comfort during the procedure.
Where is it Located?
5th Floor, Mahkota Medical Centre
8:30 am - 5:30 pm (Monday - Friday)
8:30 am - 1:00 pm (Saturday)
* MMC Staff are on call 24/7 to respond to cater to any emergency needs of the patients.
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