Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology Services

  • Colonoscopy (No referral needed for healthy adults over 50 years old)
  • EGD
  • ERCP
  • Liver Clinic (Fatty Liver, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B)
  • Weight Management (*Coming Soon: Design a lifestyle change program that works for you)
  • Nonsurgical Hemorrhoid Treatment (Gentle, simple & efficient)
  • Simple, Efficient

Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Thorough Examination

Upper endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, passed through the mouth, which has its own lens and light source, and will view the images on a video monitor.

Why is upper endoscopy done?

Upper endoscopy helps your doctor evaluate symptoms of persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing. It’s the best test for finding the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract. It’s also more accurate than X-ray films for detecting inflammation, ulcers and tumors of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Your doctor might use upper endoscopy to obtain a biopsy. Remember, biopsies are taken for many reasons, and your doctor might order one even if he/she does not suspect cancer. Upper endoscopy is also used to treat conditions. Your doctor can pass instruments through the endoscope to directly treat many abnormalities – this will cause you little or no discomfort. For example, your doctor might stretch (dilate) a narrowed area, remove polyps (usually benign growths) or treat bleeding.

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Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is often feared, and sometimes joked about, but it is an important procedure in maintaining good health when we experience digestive symptoms that concern us and as we get older. Understanding what to expect may ease your concerns.
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Why is a colonoscopy done?

A routine colonoscopy, to look for early signs of cancer, should begin at age 50 for most people—earlier if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or other risk factors. Based on your family history and your symptoms, the doctor can advise you about how often to get a colonoscopy.
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What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the colon and rectum. Colonoscopy can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers and abnormal growths. The procedure is used to look for early signs of colorectal cancer and can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus and weight loss.
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