liver cancer, Budd-Chiari syndrome, liver surgery ...
"Being treated by Dr. Zervos and staff for approximately 8 years. I had a liver transplant at Jackson memorial in 2011. My surgeon moved to the Cleveland Clinic so I followed him for post TP care. I met Dr Zervos as he became the head gastroenterologist of the transplant (TP) team. I saw him periodically. In 2016 I went into total rejection and after a short period it was determined by the TP team that I needed another liver TP. Dr Zervos was in charge of my care before and after my 2nd TP. Besides a long hospital stay I needed a lot of after care. I cannot express what a great job Dr. Zervos did in making sure that all the elements of my recovery we’re carried out by the best staff in the clinic. I believe I would not be here if not for Dr. Zervos’s expert medical treatment in this highly serious situation. Here I am nearly 4 years later writing this review. I see Dr. Zervos several times a year still for follow up care where he closely monitors my health and makes recommendations for me to other specialists as needed. I give my highest recommendation. His staff is excellent and incredibly intelligent and compassionate."
A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)
One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient's body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.
Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.