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Internal Medicine

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Department of Internal Medicine

The Department of General Medicine delivers expert medical services in diverse specialties from cardiology, nephrology, and oncology to managing symptoms, performing routine and specialized evaluative procedures and comprehensively managing patient requirements. It is the medical specialty that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. The physicians are skilled in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes. General practitioners do not specialize in one particular area of medicine and provide routine health care (e.g., physical examinations, immunizations) and assess and treat many different conditions, including illnesses and injuries. General medicine covers the vast majority of hospital-based specialties. It is comprised of the prevention, diagnosis, and management of a wide range of diseases and hospital-based interventional procedures. These include but are not limited to cardiology, dermatology, immunology, neurology, and tropical medicine. Continental is one of the best hospitals in Hyderabad for General Medicine practice.

Physicians at the Continental Department of General Medicine are some of the best board-certified General internists who specialize in the care of adult patients with various symptoms and medical issues. Resident physicians along with physician assistants and nurse practitioners assist in managing ongoing medical issues in the following ways. Preventive screening services for health maintenance: mammograms, pap smears, routine colon cancer screening evaluations, cholesterol screening, and blood pressure screening. Collaborative care of patients with chronic medical illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and emphysema, throughout the various stages of their illness.

Continental Hospitals is known for an efficient critical care team. The hospital has state-of-the-art facilities and medical equipment, as well as the latest communication and information technology.

General practitioners (GPs) treat all common medical conditions except surgery and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment. They focus on the health of the whole person combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care.

Continental Hospitals is a NABH and JCI-accredited facility in Hyderabad offering multi-specialty tertiary and quaternary care services. The hospital has a capacity of 750 beds with 250 operational beds currently. The hospital has Green OT, Level 3 NICU, and PICU.

Continental Hospitals is a part of IHH Healthcare, a leading premium integrated healthcare provider with a network of 84 hospitals and more than 16,000 licensed beds. It is one of the largest healthcare groups in the world by market capitalization and is listed in the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia and Main Board of SGX-ST.

Our mission is to make a difference in peoples' lives by providing the best health care. Our sights are set on providing seamless comprehensive healthcare of the highest quality.

We aim to serve our patients and our co-workers with compassion, dignity, integrity, and mutual respect.

We strive to achieve excellence in clinical service and surgical operations.

Our hospital is the best known for General Medicine in Hyderabad. We have a 24-hour accident and emergency service with the biggest emergency center in an Acute Chest Pain Centre, Stroke Centre, Trauma Centre and & Urgent Care Family Clinic manned by a Rapid Action Team.

Department of General medicine at Continental Hospitals provides holistic evaluation and treatment of conditions like lung cancer, asthma, interstitial lung disease, respiratory failure & chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, general respiratory and sleep-associated disorders. Integrated with laboratory, radiology and pathology services for instant conferencing and discussion, Continental's Department of General medicine is a one-stop center for all lung and sleep-related trouble.

Continental Hospitals have vast in-patient services with more than 200 beds, state of the art operation theatre and fully equipped ICUs. Continental Hospitals is the best hospital for General Medicine in Hyderabad with the best treatment and team of doctors available at hand.

Our Diagnostic Capabilities

We found that diagnostic reasoning can be split into a three-stage model: initiation of diagnostic hypotheses; refinement of the diagnostic hypotheses; and defining the final diagnosis. Different strategies are used in each stage. 

The stages are:

  • Initial diagnosis involving spot diagnosis
  • Self-labeling or diagnosis suggested by the patient. 
  • Presenting complaint
  • Pattern recognition trigger like elements in the history or examination, or both.

The types of minimal access surgeries are:

  • Adrenalectomy -a surgical procedure to remove tumors or cysts on one or both adrenal glands, laparoscopically as a minimally invasive procedure. The surgeons at Continental hospitals are skilled to perform laparoscopy surgery. Continental Hospitals is the best hospital to perform laparoscopic surgery in Hyderabad.
  • Anti-reflux surgery – a treatment for acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Certain conditions like hiatal hernia increase the risks of GERD. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach moves upward into the chest. It may cause severe symptoms that affect a person’s life, in which case, a laparoscopic repair or Nissen fundoplication is recommended. Continental hospital is one of the best hospitals for laparoscopic surgery in Hyderabad, where the latest and less invasive surgeries are carried out professionally.
  • Cancer surgery, for example, destroys a tumor by using a laparoscope. Minimal access surgery requires a smaller incision and faster recovery time, so Continental Hospitals is the best hospital to perform minimal access surgery in Hyderabad.
  • Colectomy to remove parts of a diseased colon can be carried out using laparoscopic assistance by the surgeon.
  • Colon and rectal surgery are performed by Continental hospitals by a colon and rectal surgical specialist who have exceptional skills and knowledge concerning the medical and surgical management of diseases affecting the intestinal tract, colon, and rectum and perform minimally invasive surgeries including robotic surgery.
  • Ear, nose and throat surgery is performed by surgeons using minimally invasive techniques such as endoscopic sinus surgery, micro laryngoscopy, etc. Continental hospital is the best hospital for endoscopy in Hyderabad.
  • Endovascular surgery to treat or repair an aneurysm is an innovative, less invasive procedure to treat blood vessels by making small incisions.
  • Gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) to remove gallstones that cause pain can be carried out using laparoscopy, which is beneficial to the patients as it involves less pain, smaller incisions and faster recovery time.
  • Gastroenterologic surgery, including for gastric bypass, involves minimally invasive surgery that requires small cuts and quicker recovery time. Continental hospital is the best hospital for minimally invasive surgery in Hyderabad as the surgeons are skilled in performing the surgery with fine precision.
  • Gynecologic surgery involving laparoscopy, where the incisions are smaller than open surgeries with a smaller risk of infection. A hysterectomy can also be done with robot assistance.
  • Heart surgery by using minimally invasive techniques, wherein the surgery involves small incisions in the side of the chest between the ribs to perform heart surgery.
  • Kidney transplants can be done laparoscopically using minimally invasive techniques.
  • Nephrectomy (kidney removal) by using minimally invasive surgery, wherein a kidney is transplanted from a living donor to a patient by making tiny incisions and kidneys is removed using a camera and specialized miniature surgical instruments.
  • Neurosurgery, minimally invasive involves small, flexible tubes called endoscopes to visualize various parts of the brain, skull base or spinal cord through small openings. Continental Hospitals in one of the best hospitals for endoscopy in Hyderabad as we have qualified and well-trained surgeons to perform minimally invasive neurosurgery.
  • Orthopedic surgery follows minimally invasive techniques for making incisions in the knee (knee arthroscopy), hip joints (hip arthroscopy), shoulder joints (shoulder arthroscopy), and minimally invasive spine surgery. Continental Hospitals is one of the best hospitals for minimally invasive surgery as we have well-qualified surgeons to performs these procedures.
  • Splenectomy to remove the spleen can be done by laparoscopy surgery using miniaturized surgical instruments. Thoracic surgery, such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a type of minimally invasive surgery for diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions affecting the chest area (thorax) using a video camera called a thoracoscope.
  • Urologic surgery, minimally invasive- type of surgery to correct urological issues laparoscopically or robotically.

None of the diagnostic strategies discussed here are new. At Continental Hospitals, the formal recognition of these strategies in the stages of making a diagnosis and how commonly they are used in primary care is given importance. Expertise in diagnosis is not a matter of acquiring an all-inclusive reasoning strategy, as several strategies may lead to the same diagnosis. You will get the best physicians in Hyderabad at Continental who will arrive at the correct diagnosis which will be treated at the Best in class facilities available at Continental.

Physicians at the Continental Department of General Medicine are board-certified General internists who specialize in the care of adult patients with various symptoms and medical issues. Resident physicians along with physician assistants and nurse practitioners assist in managing ongoing medical issues in the following ways. Preventive screening services for health maintenance: mammograms, pap smears, routine colon cancer screening evaluations, cholesterol screening, and blood pressure screening. Collaborative care of patients with chronic medical illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and emphysema, throughout the various stages of their illness.

Some conditions treated at Continental Department of General Medicine are:

Acute gastroenteritis: Acute diarrhea or gastroenteritis is the passage of loose stools more frequently than what is normal often associated with, abdominal cramps and bloating. Often, it spreads due to touching or consuming infected food or water. The irritation of the gastrointestinal system due to viral infections often gives shape to acute gastroenteritis. You will get the best treatment for Acute Gastroenteritis at Continental Hospitals.

Bronchitis (Respiratory disorders): Inflammation of the airways that may be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term). Acute bronchitis usually follows a viral respiratory infection. Chronic bronchitis is usually caused by smoking. Treatment depends on the type and duration of bronchitis. For acute bronchitis, simple measures include resting, drinking fluids, taking aspirin or Tylenol to reduce a fever, and using a humidifier. For chronic bronchitis, inhaled medicines may be needed to open the airways and clear mucus. Other drugs may be prescribed to treat an infection or reduce inflammation. Sometimes, home oxygen is required to treat low oxygen levels in the blood. Physicians at Continental Hospitals are best equipped in treatment for respiratory disorders of all kinds.

Chest pain: Severe, sudden chest pain — especially if it accompanied by pain in the left upper arm, sweating and nausea, or severe shortness of breath — requires immediate medical attention, as it may indicate a heart attack. Other causes of acute chest pain include pneumonia, bronchitis, gastritis, esophagitis, and asthma. Chronic chest pain can arise from many causes, including angina, hiatal hernia, gallbladder disease, ulcers, and chronic bronchitis. General medicine physicians are skilled in determining the source of chronic chest pain and prescribing therapies to address the underlying cause or alleviate the symptoms.

Dengue Fever: Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) are acute febrile diseases caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, exhaustion, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands and rash. Dengue strikes people with low levels of immunity. The best treatment for dengue is available at Continental Hospitals.

Diabetes Mellitus: Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which the body doesn’t produce or properly use insulin or both. This causes sugars to build up too high or too low in your blood, leading to dangerous symptoms. Continental Hospitals is the best hospital for the treatment of diabetes in Hyderabad.

Malarial Fever: Malaria is a vector-borne infectious disease caused by protozoan parasites. The disease is caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium. The most serious forms of the disease are caused by Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, but other related species (Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium malariae, and sometimes Plasmodium knowlesi) can also infect humans. This group of human-pathogenic Plasmodium species is usually referred to as malaria parasites. Continental Hospitals is the best hospital for the treatment of malaria in Hyderabad.

Hypertension (high blood pressure): Hypertension is defined as systolic blood pressure (the “top” number) over 140 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure (the “bottom” number) over 90 mm Hg. While hypertension usually has no symptoms, treating it is important to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and other serious conditions. Treatment may include dietary changes, exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation, and medication. Continental Hospitals is the best hospital for the treatment of Hypertension in Hyderabad.

Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid gland. The thyroid gland regulates the body’s energy through thyroid hormones called T3 and T4. When the thyroid gland does not produce enough of these hormones, the body’s metabolism slows down. Symptoms include weight gain, tiredness, forgetfulness, dry skin and hair, and inability to stay warm. Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. It is treated with medication to restore adequate hormone levels. Continental Hospitals is the best hospital for this disorder.

Influenza: A contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, tiredness, and stomach symptoms. Complications of the flu can be very serious, including pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions. The best way to prevent the flu is to be vaccinated in the fall. Continental Hospitals is the best hospital for the treatment of influenza in Hyderabad.

Migraine: Severe, often disabling headache. In some cases, a migraine is preceded by a warning sign (aura) such as flashes of light or a blind spot. In addition to intense pain, a migraine may cause nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. There is no cure for migraines, but the frequency and severity of migraines can be reduced with medication.

Osteoarthritis: A joint disease that primarily affects the cartilage, the shock-absorbing tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage cushions the joints and allows bones to glide over one another. In people with osteoarthritis, some of the cartilage is broken down or worn away, which allows the bones to rub together. The result is pain, swelling, and loss of motion. Strategies for minimizing discomfort and supporting joint health include rest, exercise, weight loss, and medication for pain and inflammation. You will get the best treatment for osteoarthritis at Continental

Osteoporosis: Loss of bone density and thinning of bone tissue, resulting in fragile bones and an increased risk of fractures. Osteoporosis becomes more common with age, and it is more common in women than in men. The risk of osteoporosis increases for women after menopause when estrogen levels drop. Osteoporosis usually has no symptoms, but it can be diagnosed easily with a bone mineral density test called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). Drugs for osteoporosis can prevent or slow the rate of bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures. Continental is the best place for treatment in Hyderabad.

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs which is usually caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi and contracted by breathing in small droplets that contain the organisms that can cause pneumonia. These droplets get into the air when a person infected with these germs coughs or sneezes. People with recent viral infections, lung disease, heart disease, and swallowing problems, as well as alcoholics, drug users, and those who have suffered a stroke or seizure are at higher risk for developing pneumonia than the general population. Once organisms enter the lungs, they usually settle in the air sacs of the lung where they rapidly grow in number. This area of the lung then becomes filled with fluid and pus as the body attempts to fight off the infection. Continental, Hyderabad is the best hospital for treating Pneumonia.

Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB most commonly affects the lungs but also can involve almost any organ of the body. Today, tuberculosis usually can be treated successfully. There is also a group of organisms referred to as atypical tuberculosis that do not cause disease and are referred to as “colonizers,” because they simply live alongside other bacteria in our bodies without causing damage. At times, these bacteria can cause an infection that sometimes appears as typical tuberculosis. Typhoid treatment is the best at Continental, Hyderabad.

Typhoid (Enteric) Fever: Typhoid Fever is an acute illness associated with diarrhea, systemic disease, fever and rash caused by the Salmonellae Typhi bacteria.

Medical care for patients with undefined symptoms and complaints such as shortness of breath, chest pain and new occurrences of pain to help in diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Doctors on our board come from prestigious institutions and have acquired post-graduate qualifications. Some of our physicians on board have studied in prestigious colleges in the UK and the USA and have enormous experience in treating patients with complex medical conditions. They have the expertise and skills to evaluate a broad range of symptoms and signs to arrive at the correct diagnosis. They are the best in initial diagnosis or a second opinion, as well as those who may need previous conditions corrected. They have built a strong clinical skill set thanks to their experience in various reputed institutes. They have vast experience in managing various kinds of complicated medical emergencies with the utmost calm.  At Continental Hospitals you will get the best treatment from some of the best doctors in Hyderabad we have on board.

Dr.Venkata Ramana Rao Nellutla

MBBS, MD (Gen Medicine), DNB (Gen Medicine), MRCP (UK), CCT (UK)

Senior Consultant Physician

Dr Rizvan Ahmed

MBBS, MD (Dermatology), MRCP (UK), Speciality Certificate in Accute Medicine

Consultant Physician

Dr Shilpa Aralikar

MBBS, DNB (General Medicine), IDSCCM (Critical Care)

Consulting Physician

Dr Venkatesh Billakanti

MBBS, MD (Gen Medicine), FICM (Critical Care)

Consultant Physician

Dr Yousef Ali

MBBS, MD (Gen Medicine)

Consultant Physician

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