This is the specialist branch of medicine and surgery which is concerned with the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive system. The speciality is very broad and deals with conditions as diverse as irritable bowel syndrome, gall stones, haemorrhoids, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel / Crohn’s disease and bowel cancer.

Patients suffering from abdominal pain, bowel habit disturbances, nausea, weight loss, gallstones and rectal bleeding should discuss their symptoms with their GP who may then choose to seek the advice of a specialist doctor in this field. 

Your doctor will take a full medical history and will normally perform a thorough clinical examination. Blood tests are frequently requested and in more complex cases other tests will be required.  Additional tests such as ultrasound, CT or MRI scans may be required to help the specialist determine the cause of symptoms. 

Often endoscopy and / or colonoscopy are recommended in order to make an accurate diagnosis.  These tests allow the specialist to study the inside lining of the stomach, duodenum and colon which in conjunction with other tests will allow a diagnosis to be made and ensure the correct clinical management is offered. 

Many gastroenterological conditions are caused by or related to diet choices. Gut health relies heavily of plant-based food choices. Medical research has shown that sub-optimal consumption of plant based dietary fibre is associated with an increased risk of developing bowel cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation / diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease.

The 2021 Gibraltar Public Health and Lifestyle Report noted that 82% of Gibraltar’s population do not eat the recommended five or more portions of fruit and vegetables each day.  Our-Nations-Health-final-2021.pdf (healthygibraltar.org)  

Our gastroenterology team at the Specialist Medical Clinic is available for consultation every week.  Endoscopy and Colonoscopy are carried out routinely in the clinic and at our associated hospitals in Spain.

If you are suffering from abdominal pain or gastro-intestinal symptoms, please contact the clinic to book an appointment.

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Every patient is unique and deserves a compassionate, individualised care that allows them to gain back control of their lives. "

Denes Kovacs

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Areas of expertise

Special interest in functional gastrointestinal disorders - irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, SIBO, chronic abdominal pain and their complex management. All areas of General Surgery - laser treatment of varicose veins, special expertise in open / laparoscopic hernia repairs, gallbladder surgery, skin lesions, ingrown toenails. Coloproctology - perianal conditions, haemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas and diseases of colon and rectum. Gastroenterology - Colonoscopy and gastroscopy.


Education and professional training

General Surgeon at Semmelweis University, Budapest. Pursued a Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship in the University Hospital North Tees, Durham, UK followed by the prestigious European Board of Surgical Qualification (EBSQ) examination in Coloproctology. He has recently completed his training for a second specialization in Gastroenterology at Semmelweis University, Budapest.


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Specialist in General Surgery, Semmelweis University, Budapest - 2011 Fellow of the European Board of Surgeons (FEBS)- Coloproctology - 2021 Specialist in Gastroenterology, Semmelweis University, Budapest - 2024 (expected)


Professional experience

Having gained significant experience as a General Surgeon in Hungary, following a Colorectal Fellowship program in UK, held Consultant Surgeon position in NHS, Lincolnshire. Moved to Gibraltar in 2016 and have been since serving the local community in the GHA.


Languages spoken

English, Hungarian, Spanish, German, French, Romanian


Interests

Mountaineering, hiking, cycling, camping - getting lost in Mother Nature and sharing unforgettable adventures with my family.


Don't judge another (wo)man until you have walked a mile in their moccasins "

(American First Nation proverb)

Mr. David Deardon BM MD FRCS FRCS(Ed)

Chief Executive / General Surgeon & Endoscopist

Areas of expertise

UK Trained Consultant General and Transplant Surgeon, now providing day case General Surgery and Surgical Gastroenterology to SMC


Education and professional training

Trained at Southampton Medical School (BM) 1984. Became a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS Ed) in 1989. Completed EU Surgical Training in 1990 and UK Surgical Training in 1996. Completed my Doctorate at Manchester University in 1999


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Over 20 published scientific papers in peer reviewed journals Presented and co-authored a number of scientific presentations at international congresses in Japan, Europe, India, USA and the UK. Accredited as a specialist in General Surgery in 1997 and joined the GMC’s specialist register.


Professional experience

Held consultant posts in Plymouth (Senior Lecturer /Associate Professor), Guys and St Thomas’s Hospitals London, Oxford Radcliffe (Honorary Tutor to Green College and involved in the initial development of the highly successful Oxford Pancreas and Non-heart beating kidney transplant programmes), the Western Infirmary, Glasgow (reintroduced the


Languages spoken

English


Interests

Doing exciting things with my family, travelling (to explore cultures and geography); philately, jigsaws and skiing.


Dr Gareth Latin

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Areas of expertise

General Gastroenterology covering a broad range of diseases involving the oesophagus, stomach, small and large bowel as well as the liver. Special interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, diagnostic upper GI endoscopy and Colonoscopy.


Education and professional training

I completed my medical training at Aberdeen University with subsequent training in various NHS hospitals throughout Scotland. I continued with my Higher Specialist Training in Gastroenterology in Edinburgh working in both the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary within the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit and the Western General Hospital which was the regional unit for the management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

BChB from Aberdeen University Member of the Royal College of Physicians Member of the British Society of Gastroenterology JAG Accreditation in Upper and Lower GI Endoscopy


Professional experience

Having practiced in the NHS for 9 years I returned to Gibraltar in 2015 to work as the Consultant Gastroenterologist in the Gibraltar Health Authority. I am also the Clinical Lead for the Gibraltar Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and previously worked as the Clincal Director for the Department of General Medicine.


Languages spoken

English


Mr Antequera is Consultant Surgeon at St Bernard's Hospital, located in Gibraltar. He is a leading expert in laparoscopic and endoscopic treatment for Obesity, one of the global health burdens nowadays. He offers alternative weight loss solutions such as gastric balloons, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric band/lap-band, bariatric surgery and gastric band adjustments."

Alfonso Antequera Perez

Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

Areas of expertise

Upper gastrointestinal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, obesity surgery, endoscopy


Education and professional training

Studied at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Trained as Specialist in General Surgery at Hospital Puerta de Hierro. Universidad Autonoma de Madrid Master Onco-surgical strategies at Universite Paris-Sud


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

PhD in organ transplantation at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid Fellow of the American College of Surgeons Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Member of the British Society for Obesity Surgery (BOMSS) Member of the British association of upper gastrointestinal surgery (AUGIS)


Professional experience

Mar 2012 to July 2013 Locum Upper Gastrointestinal Consultant Surgeon. Adelaide & Meath Hospital. Tallaght. Dublin Sep 2011 to Mar 2012 Locum Upper Gastrointestinal Consultant Surgeon. Castle Hill Hospital. Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust Nov 2003 to Aug 2011 Consultant Surgeon. General and Digestive Surgery in Fuenlabrada Hospital. A public University General Hospital of 400 beds. Taking all the digestive and endocrine surgery, with special dedication to laparoscopic surgery and obesity. Full-Time (35 hours per week. In-House Calls 1 in 5). Honorary professor of Surgery in Health Science Campus of “Rey Juan Carlos University”. Private practice in Clinica La Luz. Madrid.


Languages spoken

English, Spanish, French


Interests

Sailing, skiing, golf, literature