What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and colon.
What is Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy?
Gastrointestinal endoscopy is the visualization of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract by using a long, thin scope.
Our staff of trained physicians and nurses is equipped with the best training and technology to address your GI concerns. Most of our physicians are board-certified in gastroenterology with extensive training in diagnosing and treating diseases of the digestive tract.
Our Endoscopy Lab provides a number of services for diagnosis and treatment of various diseases of the GI tract including:
- Diseases of the liver
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- GERD (heartburn)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Diseases of the pancreas
The following are the services we provide to help in these diagnoses:
Colonoscopy – The visual examination of the large intestine (colon). Abnormalities such as inflammation of the colon, colon polyps, cancer, diverticulosis and other conditions can be seen during a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is also a safe and effective way to evaluate problems such as blood loss, changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, and abnormalities that may have first been detected by other tests.
Sigmoidoscopy – A shorter version of a colonoscopy in which only the lower end of the large intestine is viewed.
Bronchoscopy – Views the air tubes in the lungs using a flexible lighted scope. The bronchoscopy helps diagnose problems of the lungs. Samples of tissue are often removed and sent to the laboratory for further testing.
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGDs) – Sometimes called an upper endoscopy, this procedure is a visual examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum using a lighted flexible tube. This procedure helps doctors find the causes of swallowing difficulties, vomiting, bleeding, acid reflux, abdominal pain and
Liver Biopsy – During this procedure a needle is inserted through the skin and into the liver. A small sample of liver tissue is removed and sent to a lab to be examined. A liver biopsy may be done if you have abnormal X-rays, abnormal blood tests or chronic liver disease. This procedure can diagnose a liver problem, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, or fatty liver. It also aids in assessing the cause and severity of a liver problem.
Bone marrow biopsy – Evaluates if the bone marrow, soft tissue found inside some of the larger bones in the body, is making red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets correctly. During the biopsy, a sample of marrow is removed for examination under a microscope.