Department has come into existence in August 1995 with the aim to provide comprehensive treatment for complex gastrointestinal diseases. It has since come a long way and made enormous strides in providing complete and comprehensive management for various problems in Gastroenterology. Surgical Gastroenterology department is the only one of its type in the government sector in Andhra Pradesh. Currently, it is providing OP and IP services to patients from all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh and also neighbouring states which includes diagnosis and treatment of functional, inflammatory and malignant diseases of Esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel, Liver and Biliary tract and the Pancreas. There has been steady increase in the number of patients approaching SVIMS for GI disorders.

Currently the department runs OPD services daily. In addition to managing surgical patients, department is currently doing diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. There has been steady increase in both OP and IP patient numbers since 1995. Increase was tremendous with the introduction of PDS, Aarogyasri and Dr.NTR Vaidyaseva schemes. Currently about 2500 – 3000 patients are attending Outpatient department, and about 150 in patients are treated monthly. Department performs about 1100 surgeries yearly. Currently about 3600 diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies are performed annually. The department has 11 Post op/Recovery Beds, 5 ICU beds and 23 General ward beds. It provides treatment at highly subsidized rates.

The Department of Surgical Gastroenterology provides service to patients with complicated diseases of pancreas, biliary tract, gastrointestinal tract, liver and spleen. The department is equipped with state-of-art operation theatres, and supported by critical care ICUs equipped with latest monitoring and excellent preoperative and post operative nursing care by well trained nurses. Department has expertise in performing both open and laparoscopic GI procedures.

Services provided

1. Esophagus:

  • Treatment of benign esophageal diseases – Achalasia cardia, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatus hernia, foreign body removal - Laparoscopic fundoplication, Hellar’s cardiomyotomy

  • Provides comprehensive treatment for corrosive esophageal injuries – management of both acute and chronic complications. Endoscopic dilatations, surgical procedures such as esophagocoloplasty, pharyngocoloplasty

  • Treatment of malignant diseases – Transhiatal or transthoracic esophagectomy, Esophagogastrectomy for GE junction tumors, palliative procedures such as esophageal stenting.

2. Stomach:

  • Surgical management of acid peptic disorders and its complications.

  • Comprehensive management of malignancies – Radical gastrectomy (distal, subtotal, total), wedge resections

3. Small bowel:

  • Treatment of benign diseases like tuberculosis, perforations, obstructions, enterocutaneous fistulas, malrotations, duplications

  • Malignant diseases – cancers, lymphomas

4. Colorectal:

  • Benign diseases - Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) – surgical procedures such as Total proctocolectomy with ileal pouch anal anastomosis. Surgery for diverticular diseases, colonic polyposis, colonic volvulus and rectal prolapsed, Appendicectomy

  • Malignant diseases – Cancers and lymphomas – Both emergency and elective surgical procedures – Right hemicolectomy, left hemicolectomy, extended colectomies, sigmoid colectomy, Anterior resections, Abdominoperineal resections, stoma creation

5. Liver:

  • Benign disease of liver such as liver abscess, hydatid cyst, simple cyst, hemangiomas, stone disease

  • Surgery for malignant disorders such as Hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, biliary cystadenomas – Right hepatectomy, Left hepatectomy, Extended hepatectomies, central hepatectomy, segmentectomies, wedge resections

  • Surgery for portal hypertension – Splenectomy, Devascularization procedures, shunts such as portocaval, proximal splenorenal, distal splenorenal, atriocaval shunts

6. Gall Bladder:

  • Surgery for stone diseases in Gall bladder, common bile duct – Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, CBD exploration, choledochoduodenostomy

  • Surgery for benign diseases such as choledochal cyst, biliary strictures-  Cyst excision and hepaticojejunostomy

  • Surgery for malignant diseases – Radical cholecystectomy, Hepatopancreaticoduodenectomy

 7. Pancreas:

  • Surgery for acute and chronic pancreatitis – Necrosectomy, pseudocyst drainage, Lateral pancreaticojejunostomy, Frey’s procedure

  • Surgery for malignant diseases – Whipple’s pancreaticoduodenectomy, Central pancreatectomy, Distal pancreatectomy

8. Spleen: Splenectomy for haematological disorders, portal hypertension, tumours

9. Bariatric: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, Mini Gastric bypass

10. Hernia surgeries: Both laparoscopic and open hernia surgeries – Inguinal, Incisional, Ventral hernias, diaphragmatic hernias

Endoscopy Unit: 

Endoscopies are performed daily. Endoscopy room is equipped with upper GI scope, side viewing and lower GI scope and paediatric scope. Both diagnostic and therapeutic scopies are performed. The therapeutic procedures include esophageal stricture dilatation, variceal ligation, variceal injection, polypectomy and biopsy.



      1.      Dr. Venkatarami Reddy . V  (Associate Professor & i/c HOD)

 2.      Dr. G. Siva Rama Krishna  (Associate Professor)

3.      Dr. C. Chandramaliteeswaran   (Assistant Professor)

4.   Dr. M. Brahmeswara Rao (Assistant Professor)

5.   Dr. Varun. D (Assistant Professor)

 Department has 6 senior residents.




Endoscopy Unit: Upper GI scope

                             Lower GI Scope

                             Side viewing duodenoscope

                             Paediatric endoscope



Operating theatre: High definition laparoscopy set

                              Harmonic scalpel

                              Argon plasma coagulator

Academic Programmes:

Presently department has following teaching courses:

1.      M.Ch Surgical Gastroenterology – 1 seat / Year

2.      PDF (Post Doctoral Fellowship)  Surgical Gastroenterology – 3 seats / Year

Postgraduates in General Surgery from various Government and Private medical colleges are posted in the department as a part of speciality training.

CMEs and Workshops conducted:

  • Gastroenterology Update.   Theme: Advances in laparoendoscopic surgery. SV Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India, in collaboration with Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology. Feb 27,28, 1999

  • Midterm Conference of Indian Society of Gastroenterology & Gastroenterology Update.   Theme: Advances in gastrointestinal cancer surgery. S.V. Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India, in collaboration with Medical Council of India. March 3-5, 2000

  • Gastroenterology Update. Theme: Abdominal emergencies. S.V. Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India, March 10, 2001

  • CME in Abdominal tuberculosis, SVIMS, Sept 2001

  • Gastroenterology Update. Theme: Management of complications of abdominal surgery. S.V Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India, March 17, 2002

  • CME Lap Hernia Surgery, September 2006.

  • Gastroenterology Update 2013. Common GI disorders. September 2013

  • Gastroenterology Update 2015. Theme: Portal Hypertension.

  •  GUT CLUB, Tirupati: Monthly Meets on Gastroenterology & Surgical Topics from 2009.


  • Venkatarami Reddy Vutukuru, Sivarama Krishna Gavini, Chandramaliteeswaran C., Dinakar Reddy A., Brahmeshwara Rao Musunuru, Sarala Settipalli. Addition of Braun enteroenterostomy to standard reconstruction in pancreaticoduodenectomy: impact on early outcomes: International Surgery Journal 2017 Oct;4(10):3414-3418

  •  Venkatarami Reddy Vutukuru, Sivarama Krishna Gavini, Chandramaliteeswaran C., Dinakar Reddy A.,Varun Dasari, Sarala Settipalli. Drain fluid amylase in defining clinically relevant postoperative pancreatic fistula following pancreaticoduodenectomy: Day 5 is better than day 3. International Surgery Journal 2017 Dec;4(12):4058-4061

  •  Venkatarami Reddy Vutukuru, Sivarama Krishna Gavini, Chandramaliteeswaran C. Sarala Settipalli. End to End (Double stapled) versus End to side (Triple stapled) colorectal anastomosis following anterior resection for carcinoma rectum. International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) ISSN (online): 2319-7064

  •  Venkatarami Reddy Vutukuru, Sivarama Krishna Gavini, Chandramaliteeswaran C. Dinakar Reddy A, Sarala Settipalli. Partial stapled versus total stapled ileocolic anastomosis in right hemicolectomy: A randomized control study. International Jurnal of Scientific Research (IJSR) 2017;6(12): 257-59

  •  Venkatarami Reddy Vutukuru, Sivarama Krishna Gavini, Chandramaliteeswaran C. Sarala Settipalli. Management of Pancreatic trauma: A less aggressive approach is safe. International Jurnal of Scientific Research (IJSR) 2017;6(12):235-3

  • Siva Gavini, Silpa Kadiyala, Rashmi Patnayak, Vutukuru V Reddy. Hepatoid adenocarcinoma of stomach - a morphological curiosity. J Clin Sci Res 2017;6:38-41.

  • Chandramaliteeswaran C, Venkatarami Reddy V, Brahmeswara Rao, Dinakar Reddy A, Varun Dasari, Nithesh Nagabalaji Pagadala. Correlation of intraoperative bile cultures with septic complications following Biliary tract surgery. International Surgery Journal (2016); Volume 3, Issue 4

  • Chandramaliteeswaran C, Venkatarami Reddy V, Brahmeswara Rao, Dinakar Reddy A, Varun Dasari, Nithesh Nagabalaji Pagadala. Role of Adynamic Graciloplasty in intractable fecal incontinence: Initial results from a tertiary center in South India. International Surgery Journal (2016); Volume 3, Issue 4

  • Gavini S, Kadiyala S. Retrograde jejunogastric intussusceptions: a single institution experience over two decades. Int Surg J. 2016;3(4):2003-2006

  • V. Venkatarami Reddy, S. Sarala, Varughese Mathai, Madhu,  K.V. Sreedhar Babu. Retroperitoneal synovial sarcoma presenting as paraneoplastic hypoglycaemia. Case report. The Journal of Clinical and Scientific Research. January-March 2015;49-52

  • K Radhakrishna, P Sandeep, U Chakrapani, V Venkatarami Reddy, R Ram, V Sivakumar: Insertion technique for prevention of peritoneal dialysis catheter tip migration; International Urology and Nephrology, Online ISSN 0301-1623, 2014

Quality & Patient Safety:

Department maintains Quality and safety in patient care. This is achieved by following various patient safety guidelines in all patient care areas. All staff in the department are trained in maintaining quality. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) and checklists are developed, followed and audited. Strict guidelines are followed to prevent hospital acquired infections, medication errors, operation room errors, blood transfusion errors. The department conducts weekly morbidity and mortality meetings on Saturday to critically review analyse Root cause (RCA) for all significant adverse events and suggest corrective actions.

Future Plans:

1. To increase number of MCh (Surgical Gastroenterology) seats

2. To start Liver transplant programme

3. To start state of the art simulation center

Contact Us:

  Dr. Venkatarami Reddy . V  (Associate Professor & i/c HOD)

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology




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