SERVICES

SERVICES

Gastrointestinal conditions and procedures our practice is dedicated to detect, manage, perform, and treat.

OUR TEAM

Our practice specializes in the detection and treatment of diseases that affect the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, biliary system, pancreas, small and large intestines, and rectum. Our physicians have been expertly trained in adult gastroenterology, gastrointestinal endoscopy, ERCP and liver disease. Whether it be a preventative care or a digestive condition, our practice is guaranteed to provided the highest level quality  care and compassion for our patients.

GI CONDITIONS

ANEMIA

A symptom or finding relating to one or more underlining disorders resulting in a “low blood count”.

BARRETT’S ESOPHAGUS

A disorder resulting in damage to the lining of the lower esophagus due to chronic irritation from stomach acid.

CHRONIC LIVER DISEASES

A reference to any disorder of the liver marked by the gradual destruction of liver tissue over time. There are many forms of liver diseases including cirrhosis, hepatitis, liver tumors and metabolic disorders.

CIRRHOSIS

A chronic degenerative disease that results in normal healthy liver tissue becoming damaged and replaced by scar tissue.

COLITIS

A disease that results in inflammation of the lower intestine, also known as the colon.

COLON POLYPS

A potentially cancerous growth in the lining of the bowel that can range in size, and frequency depending on ones age and family history.

CONSTIPATION

A condition resulting in less frequent bowel movements with hard dry stools, that can become painful and difficult to pass.

CROHN’S DISEASE

A type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) resulting in the inflammation, or swelling of the digestive tract.

DIARRHEA

A common condition involving frequent bowel movements with an excessive amount of liquid in the stool.

DIVERTICULOSIS & DIVERTICULITIS

Diverticulosis is the presence of “diverticula” or small pouches on the weaker points of the bowel wall. Diverticulitis occurs when these pouches become infected or inflamed.

ESOPHAGEAL CANCER

The condition in which a malignancy develops in the tissue of the tube along which food and liquid travel from the throat to the stomach (esophagus).

FATTY LIVER

The collection of excessive amounts of fats inside the liver. Sometimes leading to cirrhosis.

GASTRITIS

The condition in which the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed. Can be caused by Helicobacter Pylori infection.

GASTROESOPHAGEL REFLUX DISEASE (GERD)

A condition in which damage to the lining of the lower esophagus has occurred, due to prolonged exposure to stomach acid.

HELICOBACTOR PYLORI

A bacteria that reaches the stomach resulting in an infections that can lead to gastritis, dysphagia, ulcers of the stomach, and has been associated with stomach cancer.

HEMORRHOIDS

Are veins in or outside of the anus that have become swollen and inflamed. Certain hemorrhoids can require banding or surgery.

HEPATITIS C

Is a viral infection that causes inflammation and disease of the liver. Often times the body is unable to fight the virus without medication leading to damage, failure, and cancer of the liver.

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)

A condition that occurs when the colon fails to contract normally, and instead contracts in a disorganized and violent matter leading to irregular bowels.

RECTAL BLEEDING

Is a condition in which blood passes through the anus and presents outside the body.

ULCERATIVE COLITIS

A chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease that results in inflammation and the formation of ulcers in the colon and rectum.

GI PROCEDURES

BARIATRIC GASTRIC BALLOON-NON INVASIVE WEIGHT LOSS

The ORBERA™ managed weight loss program is a 12 month process the uses an intragastric balloon to assist patients in reaching their weight loss goals. During this program you will be given the tools and resources to create and maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. Learn more about ORBERA™

BRAVO ESOPHAGEAL PH TESTING

A Gastroesophageal Reflux test using mucosal attached telemetry pH electrode placement and recording.  A small capsule containing a radiotelemetry pH sensor is inserted endoscopically in the esophagus and temporarily attached to the esophagus wall.  The capsule monitors esophageal pH levels over a 48-hour period.  This information is then transmitted to an external pager-sized receiver worn by the patient that records pH levels.  After the 48-hour testing period, data is downloaded from receiver to a computer that contains software for analyzing pH levels.  A written interpretation of the computer analysis is generated by the facility or person reading it (BRAVO).  The capsule does not need to be removed as it spontaneously detaches within 7-10 business days and passes through the digestive tract.

CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY

Is a diagnostic procedure using a vitamin sized capsule containing an imaging device that captures pictures of your digestive tract, used to evaluate the small bowel to identify any abnormalities.  As the capsule passes through the small intestine the images will be sent to a data recorder worn by the patient. Once the capsule passes through the body the images are downloaded onto a viewable device, and examined by a medical professional.

COLONOSCOPY

A endoscopic procedure performed by a gastroenterologist to exam the inner lining of the colon. The procedure provides a visual diagnosis (Colon Polyps, Lesions, Ulcerations) and grants the opportunity for biopsies to be taken from suspected cancer lesions as well as randomly to diagnosis chronic diseases of the colon (Colitis or Crohn’s Disease). A report is generated by the physician whom reviews the biopsy results from pathology to make an accurate diagnosis.

ENDOSCOPIC RETROGRADE CHOLANGIOPANCREATOGRAPHY (ERCP)

ERCP is a specialized technique primarily performed to study the ducts of the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver. This procedure combines the use of X-rays and endoscope which allows the physician to view the inside of the stomach, duodenum, and ducts in the biliary tree and pancreas. ERCP is used to check for gallstones, blockage of bile duct, diseases of the liver, and pancreases.

ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND (EUS)

A procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the gastrointestinal area. EUS combined with biopsy allows the physician to analyze fluid and tissue from your abdomen and chest for diagnosis of cyst, pancreatic cancer, and other conditions of the pancreatic region.

ESOPHAGEAL MANOMETRY

Is a procedure used to determine whether the esophagus is working properly by measuring the rhythmic muscle contractions(pressures) generated by the esophageal muscles and the sphincter. During the procedure a thin flexible pressure sensitive tube is passed through the nose, down the back of the throat and into the esophagus. Once in the esophagus, the tube will measure the pressures generated by the esophageal muscle when the muscle is at rest and during swallows. This test is used primarily to evaluate the function of sphincter and muscles when there is a presence of reflux, dysphagia or chest pain.

ESOPHAGOGASTRODUODENOSCOPY (EGD)

A endoscopic procedure in which the upper digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine) is visualized. It is performed for diagnostic purposes to confirm certain conditions and biopsy areas of concern. Typical reason for an EGD include: abdominal or chest pain, nauseas and vomiting, heartburn, bleeding, swallowing problems, and abnormal growths.

FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY

Is a procedure used to visually exam the sigmoid colon. A scope is inserted through the anus and advances approximately two feet into the sigmoid colon, allowing the physician to visualize and capture images of any areas for concern. A Sigmoidosocpy is used to diagnosis the cause of certain symptoms such as rectal bleeding, diarrhea, pain, and cancer detection.

HEMORRHOID BANDING

A  procedure using a small rubber band that is placed at the base of the swollen vein, to cut off blood supply. After a series of 3 to 5 bandings, the tissue should shrink the vein and fall off along with the rubber band. This will take place during a routine trip to the restroom. The procedure can be performed in an office setting.

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