Digestive Medicine

Our partner centre has more than 75 years of experience in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diseases related to the digestive system. In addition, it has the most advanced endoscopic techniques that exist nowadays.

Our patients will find in Tenerife their reference centre in digestive medicine and they will have the advice of our platform in everything related to their stay on the island. The clinic offers its foreign patients, through the platform THIS, a special conditions. What are you waiting for to book your appointment?

Video: What diseases does the digestive doctor treat?

Digestive medicine or gastroenterology is a medical specialty that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all diseases related to the digestive system and its associated organs, like the liver, bile ducts, stomach, pancreas, small intestine, colon and rectum. It also treats those consequences that digestive diseases may have in other areas of the body.

The digestive doctor is in charge of treating different pathologies such as polyps in the colon, colon cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diseases of the biliary tract, irritable bowel syndrome, oesophageal and gastric cancer, amongst others.

Digestive medicine treatments available in This

  • Screening of COLON CANCER using advanced endoscopic techniques (chromoendoscopy, mucosectomy, tattoo, histological study). Advice to relatives.
  • Study and treatment of LIVER DISEASES with complete analytical study, abdominal ultrasound and assessment of fibrosis.
  • Evaluation of DISEASE BY GASTRO-ESOFÁGICO REFLUX. High endoscopic study and measurement of acidity with 24 hour pH monitoring
  • ENDOSCOPIC TREATMENT OF ESOPHAGEAL VARICES by ligature with elastic bands
  • Study of GASTRO-DUODENAL PEPTIC DISEASE. Determination of the presence of Helicobacter pylori
  • Complete study and medical treatment of ANORECTAL PATHOLOGY

First symptoms of digestive diseases

Being aware of the symptoms allows us to go to the specialist as soon as possible and detect any pathology in time. The signs to keep in mind and consider are:

  • Bleeding
  • Distention
  • Constipation
  • Gastric acidity
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Swallowing problems
  • Weight gain or loss

The diagnosis of diseases is achieved by performing different tests such as colonoscopy, endoscopies and ultrasounds.

Video: Cancer of the colon and rectum

In Spain, colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the population after lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Those who suffer from it usually manifest the first symptoms in the early stages of the cancer, getting unjustified weight loss, fatigue, anaemia and changes in the bowel habits.

To detect it, a faecal occult blood test is performed and if it is positive or there are any doubts, a colonoscopy is performed. In This, the most advanced endoscopic techniques are used for its diagnosis.

Liver diseases

The liver is the largest organ we have in the body and helps to digest food and eliminate toxins.

The most frequent liver diseases are:

  • Hepatitis A, B and C that are caused by a virus.
  • Fatty liver and cirrhosis that develop from the use of drugs, poisons or alcoholism
  • Liver cancer
  • There are also some inherited ones like Wilson’s disease or hemochromatosis

Oesophagus cancer can appear after having 50 years’ old

The oesophagus is the tube through which food travels from the mouth to the stomach. The age, gastroesophageal reflux, tobacco, alcohol, diet and achalasia are just some of the factors involved in the development of oesophageal cancer. Generally, it is common for this kind of cancer to appear in people around 50 years old, particularly, in men.

Currently you can differentiate two types of cancer. One related to the consumption of alcohol and tobacco, squamous cell carcinoma, and another more common that is adenocarcinoma.

How to prevent stomach cancer?

There are certain habits that can be introduced in daily life to reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer.

  • Follow a diet rich with abundant fruits, salads, and vegetables
  • Avoid tobacco, which increases the risk of developing proximal stomach cancer
  • Treat infections with Helicobacter pylori in the linings of the stomach

In any case, if you have a history or risk factors, the digestive doctor will determine what recommendations you should follow to prevent stomach cancer.

What is digestive endoscopy?

One of the great advances in digestive medicine is the digestive endoscopy, a diagnostic technique.

It consists of the introduction of a camera inside a tube through a natural orifice, a surgical incision or an injury to be able to visualize a cavity or organ.

Through this test it is possible to examine a larger part of the digestive tract, take samples, perform treatments (ligatures, sclerosis, dilatations, prosthesis placement…) and channel the ampulla of Vater, among other uses.



Graduated at the University of Navarra, expert in digestive system by the University Hospital “Marqués de Valdecilla”, Doctor of Medicine with Cum Laude degree and Extraordinary Doctorate Award at the Hospital Clínico de Barcelona, investigator and author of numerous articles in books and impact journals.

Renowned with recognized research awards. Doctor at the Hospital Universitario de Canarias and Associated Professor at the University of La Laguna.

Dr. Manuel Hernández

Dr. Manuel Hernández Guerra de Aguilar, digestive doctor, gastroenterologist and hepatologist, is the third generation of a family of specialists in Digestive Diseases.

Dr. Manuel Hernández

Digestive doctor and director of Digestive Medicine Tenerife