Prof Okolo graduated from the University of Nigeria with a distinction and the Gold Medal University prize in medicine and surgery. He has trained in clinical genetics and internal medicine at the Indiana University Medical Centre in Indianapolis US Prof P. Okolo then completed his training in gastroenterology and hepatology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following his fellowship, he undertook advanced training in therapeutic endoscopy at Johns Hopkins. Prof Okolo also graduated from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School at John Hopkins with additional qualifications in Public Health and Epidemiology and Business of Medicine. After a decade as Chief of endoscopy at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Prof. Patrick Okolo joined the faculty of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and became a Professor with clinical interests in all aspects of therapeutic endoscopy, resectional therapies, para-bariatric syndromes and small bowel disorders.His clinical research interest centre’s around areas of his clinical expertise, including adult and paediatric ERCP, novel endoluminal interventions, resectional therapies, small bowel enteroscopy, including metabolic and weight loss interventions and altered anatomy ERCP.
Euracare’s Gastrointestinal Clinic’s multidisciplinary team comprises specialists such as Medical and Surgical Gastroenterologists, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists, Nurses and Dieticians. Our services have been developed from our collective and comprehensive US, UK and Nigerian based clinical expertise and experiences.
Euracare’s Gastrointestinal Clinic is offering comprehensive and highly specialised services covering a wide range of gastrointestinal, hepato-biliary pancreatic (HPB) and nutritional conditions with the focus on accurate diagnosis with evidence based interventions and treatments. Our priorities are anchored to delivering world class, holistic and affordable gastrointestinal and HPB care with the best possible outcomes in Nigeria.
We value the trust our patient bestows on us and repay them by devoting our efforts to perform our professional duties with empathy and compassion. We are committed to the principles of good clinical governance and continuous professional growth and lifelong learning.
Gastrointestinal Clinic Services:
- State-of-the-art medical care for digestive disorders
- Clinical nutrition therapy led by our specialist dietitians and nutritionists
- Specialised diagnostic testing for a range of gastrointestinal conditions
- Investigation and management of any troublesome symptoms supported by an array of diagnostic capabilities such as ultrasounds, CT’s (Click here to read more about CT Colonography), MRI’s, endoscopies, intravascular diagnosis and an advanced laboratory in a comfortable, convenient and modern environment
- Minimally invasive gastrointestinal procedures for a wide range of benign and malignant conditions
- Annual check-ups and monitoring of long term conditions
- Cancer screenings (Click here to read more about Colon And Rectal Cancer)
- Treatments focused on food pipe, stomach, pancreas, liver (Click here to read more about Percutaneous Transhepatic Cholangiogram PTC And Drainage) and the colon
How to prepare for your first outpatient visit?
Your first visit as a new patient will last 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the complexity of your problem. During this time, we will take a detailed history and examine you if deemed necessary. This visit does not require any special preparation. In addition to any prior medical history, you may want to bring the following items along to your first appointment or fax/drop off before your appointment if possible:
- Previous doctor visits and clinic notes
- Radiology reports: x-ray, ultrasound, CT or MRI
- OGD/colonoscopy reports
- OGD/colonoscopy biopsy results
- Laboratory results (blood, stool, or urine test results)
- Any other pertinent information
- Written list of medications taken and drug allergies.
- Hospital discharge summary
What tests may you need?
It depends on the presenting problem and we may require you to have some immediate tests or we may plan to see you first and then arrange tests later. These tests will be discussed with you and full details of necessary preparation will be given. If you require an endoscopy, this usually takes place at another visit. A follow up visit may be required to review the results of any investigations or monitor any treatment started.
Services and procedures provided:
- Gastroscopy (upper GI endoscopy/OGD) (Click here to read more about Endoscopy Procedure)
- Colonoscopy (Click here to read more about Colonoscopy Procedure)
- Colonoscopic polypectomy (removal of precancerous and cancerous growths in the bowel)
- EMR (Endoscopic mucosal resection of polyps)
- ERCP (Click here to read more about Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangial Pancreatography)
- PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy)
- Nasogastric feeding tube insertion
- Haemorrhoid band ligation
- Balloon dilatation and stenting of strictures (narrowing) in the digestive tract
- Endoscopic stents (Click here to read more about Biliary Stenting)
- Endotherapy for Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Biopsies (Click here to read more about Liver Biopsy)
Interventional radiology procedures
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Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
- Laparoscopic Appendectomy
- Laparoscopic Hiatus Hernia Repair and Nissen Fundoplication
- Laparoscopic Feeding jejunostomy
- Laparoscopic Gastrojejunostomy
- Laparoscopic Heller’s Cardiomyotomy for Achalasia
- Laparoscopic Gastrectomy
Hepatology & HPB medicine
Management of GI symptoms
- Ulcer pain
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Persistent bloating/hiccups and abdominal distension
- Intestinal bleeding upper and lower
- Chronic constipation
- Change in bowel habit
- Chronic abdominal pain
- General abdominal discomfort and bloating
- Rectal Bleeding
Management of GI conditions
- Oesophageal strictures
- Hiatus hernia
- Peptic ulcers
- Helicobacter-pylori infection
- Chronic gastritis
- Coeliac disease
- Small bowel bacterial overgrowth
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Microscopic colitis
- Diarrhea predominant IBS (IBS-D)
- Constipation predominant IBS (IBS-C)
- Oesophageal and Gastric cancer
- Small Bowel cancer
- Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours (GIST)
Integrated Specialty Clinics
- Weight management and obesity (A Guide To Bariatric Surgery)
- Heartburn and ulcer pain assessment clinic
- GI cancer prevention and management
- Digestive Health Clinic: caring for chronic digestive symptoms, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Clinical Nutrition services: gastrostomy feeding tubes, nasogastric and nasojejuenal feeding tubes for patients with dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) and persistent vomiting
- Liver disease
- Rapid Referral Clinic
Dr Hammed Ninalowo is a US trained Vascular and Interventional Radiologist with subspecialty training in interventional oncology, who completed his training at the prestigious hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the first US trained physician to offer the full spectrum of vascular and interventional radiology services in Nigeria. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Illinois and graduated at the top of his class with honours (Alpha Omega Alpha). He has a special interest in minimally invasive oncology treatments and fibroid disease and has a passion for improving access to minimally invasive therapies in the West African Population. Dr Ninalowo is currently an associate physician, vascular and interventional radiologist and oncologist at the Geisinger Health System in Wilkes Barre and Danville, PA.
Dr Owen Woghiren is a UK trained gastroenterologist. He graduated from the University of Benin in 1993. He trained at the Hammersmith, Chelsea, Westminster and St Mary‘s hospitals as well as several other London hospitals and obtained a certificate of completion of training in gastroenterology and general internal medicine (CCT) in 2009. He was appointed consultant at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2009 and later moved to the Royal Free Hospital in 2017. At the Royal Free Hospital, he took up the position as clinical lead in nutrition, specialising in endoscopy, clinical nutrition, general gastroenterology and hepatology.
Dr Okaro is a consultant general and laparoscopic surgeon affiliated with the Kent Oncology Centre in Maidstone, Kent, and the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in London, UK. He provides consultations and surgical procedures once a month at Euracare, Nigeria. Trained both in the UK and in Tokyo, Japan. Dr Okaro is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in England and holds a Masters in Surgery Degree from the University of London. He has a special interest and extensive experience in the repair of both open and laparoscopic surgeries of hernias of all varieties from incisional, inguinal, femoral, umbilical to hiatus and diaphragmatic.
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