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Endoscopy Unit

The Endoscopy Unit of Nicosia Polyclinic is a separate unit in the hospital, with safety and patient welfare foremost in mind. Nicosia Polyclinic offers a full range of endoscopic services designed to combine a caring environment with modern high technology facilities for outpatients and inpatients. Nicosia Polyclinic offers x-ray facilities enabling our consultants to perform therapeutic procedures like ERCP and oesophageal and colorectal stenting.

In Nicosia Polyclinic we have the newest equipment available to our endoscopists. This enables them to perform their procedures in the safest and most effective way which translates to better patient outcomes. In addition to our experienced endoscopists (mainly gastroenterologists) Nicosia Polyclinic has specialist endoscopy nurses and on site decontamination facilities that make the procedures safest and more efficient.

 

 

Below are the procedures performed in the Endoscopy Unit of Nicosia Polyclinic:

  • Gastroscopy (OGD)
    • Dilatation of strictures
    • Injection of varices or ulcers
    • Placement of stents
    • Removal of polyps and early cancer (polypectomy)
    • Surveillance of patients with Barrett’s oesophagus
    • Treatment of bleeding including argon plasma coagulation (APC)
    • Endoscopic Band ligation for varices
  • Colonoscopy
    • Removal of polyps (polypectomy)
    • Dilatation of stricture
    • Banding of piles (haemorrhoids)
    • Surveillance of patients with colitis and polyps
    • Biopsies
    • Treatment of bleeding including argon plasma coagulation (APC)
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
    • Removal of gallstone from bile duct
    • Placement of stent into bile duct or pancreas
    • Endoscopic treatment for bile leaks sustained during laparoscopic gallbladder surgery
  • Cystoscopy
    • Placement of stents
    • Removal of stones
    • Removal of Polyps (polypectomy)
    • Obtaining a biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
    • Obtaining a biopsy
    • Removal of inhaled objects

Dr Yiota Nicolaou, MD, PhD

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Dr Nicolaou qualified from Medical University of Hungary in 1999. She returned to Cyprus for 3 years where she worked in the busy acute wards of Nicosia General Hospital gaining huge experience in the management of acutely unwell patients. She then moved to Greece where she trained for a further 4 years in gastroenterology and hepatology working under the supervision of various distinguished professors.

Dr Nicolaou has a substantial teaching and research experience. She has trained junior doctors in the management of general medical and gastroenterological conditions as well as in various procedures like endoscopies. She obtained her PhD from the medical school of Athens University and has taken part and contributed to numerous conferences, scientific articles and presentations at national and international levels.

In addition, she has attended various courses in the UK where she has learned the latest endoscopic techniques. She is a member of the Hellenic and Cypriot societies of gastroenterology.

Her special interests include the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which essentially includes Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis and the management of chronic liver disease. She has also develop great procedural skills having undertaken more than 4500 upper GI endoscopies (gastroscopies or OGD), more than 3500 colonoscopies, around 350 polypectomies, around 50 banding ligations/endoscopic glue injections for gastro-oesophageal varices and around 150 endoscopic haemostases of bleeding peptic ulcers.

Dr Michael Lerios, MD, MRCP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Physician

Dr Lerios qualified from the medical school of Athens University in 1976. Following that he pursued his postgraduate specialist training in Gastroenterology in big teaching hospitals in Athens, South Africa and the UK. He has gained huge experience in the management of general medical and gastroenterological conditions as well as the treatment of rare gastroenterological emergencies.

Following his return to Cyprus, he was appointed consultant of gastroenterology in Nicosia General Hospital where he worked for many years and was the recipient of the most complicated cases in gastroenterology of Cyprus. Dr Lerios has substantial research and teaching experience and has attended various courses in the UK during his time as the gastroenterology consultant in Cyprus where he learned the latest endoscopy techniques.

Through the years, Dr Lerios has developed advanced procedural skills having performed thousands of upper and lower GI endoscopies (gastroscopies and colonoscopies), endoscopic polypectomies, banding ligations/endoscopic glue injections for gastro-oesophageal varices, hundreds of endoscopic haemostases of bleeding peptic ulcers, Oesophageal dilation, and ERCP (both diagnostic and therapeutic).

Dr Lerios is a member of the Cyprus Medical Association and the Cyprus and European Societies of Gastroenterology.