Understanding Gastroenterology

Advancements in modern technology have resulted in the development of gastrointestinal endoscopy. These procedures allow your doctor to examine your digestive tract with a flexible video instrument called a "scope". The instrument allows your doctor to examine the inside of your esophagus, stomach, portions of the small intestine and the colon. This enables your doctor to accurately diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. These "scopes" can also be used to take biopsies (tissue samples), remove polyps (growths in the digestive tract), treat bleeding from ulcers or other causes and dilate or stretch narrowed areas called strictures. Some of the more common conditions diagnosed and treated are gastroesophageal reflux, peptic ulcer disease, colon polyps, diverticulosis and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis).

The most common procedures performed at our Endoscopy Centers are:

An Upper GI Endoscopy or Gastroscopy, which is also called an EDG (esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy), allows your doctor to visually examine your upper gastrointestinal tract. This procedure examines your esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Biopsies (tissue samples) may be obtained to detect tumors or infections such as Helicobacter pylori, which is often associated with peptic ulcer disease. This procedure is used to find the cause of bleeding, dyspepsia (indigestion), heartburn, swallowing problems, nausea, vomiting and other conditions.

A Colonoscopy allows your doctor to closely examine your colon (large intestine). It can be used to detect the causes of rectal bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, lower abdominal pain and other conditions. During the procedure, polyps can be removed and biopsies may be obtained if necessary.

A Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is similar to a colonoscopy, but only looks at the last portion of your colon. It is a limited examination of the anus, rectum and sigmoid, often used for less serious symptoms.

An Esophageal Dilation is performed when a narrowing in the esophagus causes difficulty swallowing. The narrowing, or stricture, is dilated, or stretched, using increasing sizes of rigid tubes or balloons.

A Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy is used to insert or replace a feeding tube into your stomach from the abdominal wall using an endoscope. This procedure is performed to allow for nutrition to be given directly into the stomach when swallowing is not possible or recommended.

Our Endoscopy Centers were designed with you in mind. Our centers are equipped with the latest video endoscopy equipment and everything necessary to make you feel as comfortable as possible during and after your procedure.

With a complete staff of registered nurses and certified medical assistants, we are ready to assist you with all your individual needs. More importantly, our Endoscopy Centers are the only "all board certified" endoscopy centers in the community; and our physicians are among the most respected in Gastroenterology.

At our Endoscopy Centers, our mission is to provide you with the best quality patient care in a safe environment, while maintaining the highest levels of personal attention. Your patient satisfaction is our ultimate goal. Get the care you deserve at one of our Endoscopy Centers – where experience and high quality count.