PROCEDURES

There are many disorders related to the gastrointestinal tract, including those affecting the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine or colon, rectum and liver.  Our board certified Gastroenterologists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of such disorders. Using our combined knowledge, experience, and resources, we are determined to provide you with the best possible care.

COLONOSCOPY

Colonoscopy is advised for all patients, age 50 and older, as a method of colon cancer screening. The procedure is preformed using a colonoscope, a long flexible tube that permits visualization of the lining of the large bowel. The instrument is inserted via the rectum and guided through the length of the colon. If the doctor sees a suspicious area, a biopsy can be done to make a diagnosis.

SIGMOIDOSCOPY

The sigmoid colon is the last portion of the large intestine before the rectum. Flexible sigmoidoscopy allows our physicians to examine the rectum and lower portion of the colon using a lighted, flexible tube with a camera on the end called a sigmoidoscope; checking for abnormalities and taking biopsies if necessary.

Upper GI Endoscopy - EGD

Upper GI endoscopy, sometimes called EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy), is a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract using a lighted, flexible, fiber-optic endoscope. The upper gastrointestinal tract begins with the mouth and continues with the esophagus (food pipe) which carries food to the stomach. The stomach secretes a potent acid and churns food into small particles. The food then enters the duodenum, or small bowel, where bile from the liver and digestive fluid from the pancreas mix to help the digestive process.

Reasons for Colonoscopy

  • Screening for colon polyps or colon cancer

  • Unexplained change in bowel habits

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Family history of colon cancer

  • Abdominal pain

Reasons for Sigmoidoscopy

  • Abdominal pain 

  • Persistent diarrhea

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool

Reasons for EGD

  • Ulcers

  • Tumors of the stomach or esophagus

  • Difficulty swallowing.

  • Upper abdominal pain or indigestion

  • Intestinal bleeding

  • Heartburn

  • Gastritis, inflammation of the lining of the stomach.