Dr Balalis is a highly qualified surgeon with sub-specialty training in Upper GI surgery. He has trained both nationally and internationally with world-renowned surgeons who are leaders in their field. He has previously completed a Master of Surgery (Philosophy) degree in oesophageal cancer, and authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and presented both nationally and internationally. He continues to be active in Upper GI research.
Upper GI surgery is a branch of General Surgery, and includes any problem of the oesophagus and stomach. Common Upper GI issues may include gastro-oesophageal reflux, hiatus hernias, cancer, achalasia and other motility disorders. Dr Balalis is able to assist patients with a thorough assessment of their condition and provide the appropriate advice. Sometimes surgery is not the best option, and endoscopic options or lifestyle and other modifications are more important.
Dr Balalis provides a complete Upper GI service, including both operative and advanced endoscopic options, and is therefore able to ensure patients are well looked after. He is one of only a handful of endoscopists around Australia to have performed a per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure for achalasia, and provides care for patients with this disease.
As part of the thorough assessment that Dr Balalis provides, he has patients assessed with pH and manometry testing. This preoperative test is important for patients suffering from reflux, difficulty swallowing or other issues with their oesophagus and stomach.
Dr Balalis is happy to see all patients with an Upper GI concern. To find out more about available options, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.