A colonoscopy performed by a board certified gastroenterologist is a procedure used to diagnose irregularities in your large intestine, such as inflammation, bleeding, …
It is recommended that individuals who are over the age of 50 or over the age of 45 and African American, or who have a family history of polyps or colon cancer get a colonoscopy as a screening test for colon cancer.
If you are experiencing symptoms, such as rectal bleeding or blood in your stool, a colonoscopy may be a necessary next step to determine what is going on inside the body. Your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist can help you assess your symptoms to determine what treatments or procedures are needed to protect your health.
What is Colonoscopy Prep?
Colonoscopy prep (also known as a bowel or colon prep), which cleans out your colon, is required before the procedure. Colonoscopy prep varies by physician but in most cases requires 1 to 2 days of modification to your standard eating and drinking habits.
Many people consider the prep to be the worst part of the experience. The clear liquid diet leaves many people feeling hungry and the required bowel prep can be uncomfortable. You should plan to stay home when prepping for your colonoscopy as you will need to use the bathroom frequently and experience loose stools and diarrhea. This process is necessary to completely empty and cleanse your colon for the procedure.
During an upper endoscopy (also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, EGD, or gastroscopy), a gastroenterologist inserts a small, flexible tube through …
Who Needs an Upper Endoscopy?
An upper endoscopy (EGD) is the recommended procedure for patients experiencing symptoms such as persistent stomach (abdominal) pain, vomiting, trouble swallowing, and heartburn or those who have a family history of esophageal cancer. An EGD can find and evaluate bleeding, inflammation, ulcers, and tumors of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. An EGD is useful for detecting cancer, allowing your gastroenterologist to distinguish between cancerous and non-cancerous conditions in the upper GI tract more accurately than an x-ray.
What is the Prep for an Upper Endoscopy?
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a technique used to detect disorders in the internal lining of your rectum and the lower part of the colon. This procedure is …
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that a doctor uses to the inner lining of your rectum and the lower portion of the colon.
Who Needs a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is recommended for individuals who may be suffering from certain gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or unusual changes in bowel habits. It may also be used to assess risk of colon or rectal cancer.
What is the Prep for a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
Your esophagus is made up of muscles that help move food and/or liquid from your mouth to your stomach. As you swallow, valves open …
What is an Esophageal Manometry?
Your esophagus is made up of muscles that help move food and/or liquid from your mouth to your stomach. As you swallow, valves open to allow food through and then close to make sure everything stays down. An esophageal manometry measures how well those valves function and if they are opening and closing when they should.
Who Needs an Esophageal Manometry?
People who have difficulty swallowing or who often have indigestion or queasiness after meals may benefit from an esophageal manometry.
Rubber band ligation, or hemorrhoid banding, is a procedure in which a gastroenterologist wraps a tight rubber band around a hemorrhoid. This cuts off the …
What is Hemorrhoid Banding?
Rubber band ligation, or hemorrhoid banding, is a procedure in which a gastroenterologist wraps a tight rubber band around a hemorrhoid. This cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, causing it to wither and fall off approximately one week later.
Who Needs Hemorrhoid Banding?
People who have internal hemorrhoids that cause extreme distress (such as bleeding and itching). The procedure is successful approximately 80% of the time. Individuals who have hemorrhoid banding usually don’t need additional treatment compared to other hemorrhoid solutions.
Bravo pH Capsule
Bravo pH capsule attached to delivery system The catheter-free test measures pH levels in your esophagus. These measurements allow your doctor to evaluate your heartburn and…
Your doctor will temporarily attach the capsule to the wall of your esophagus. The capsule is very small – about the size of a gel cap – and usually takes a few minutes to place.
Once the capsule is in position, suction is applied, and a small amount of esophageal tissue is drawn into the capsule, locking it in place.
The capsule takes Bravo Receiver continuous pH measurements for up to 48 hours and transmits that information wirelessly to a small receiver you wear on your waistband. After the study, information from the receiver is uploaded to a computer for analysis
During a fecal transplant (also called bacteriotherapy), stool is removed from a healthy subject, sanitized, and transferred to a patient suffering …
What is a Fecal Transplant?
During a fecal transplant (also called bacteriotherapy), stool is removed from a healthy subject, sanitized, and transferred to a patient suffering from persistent C. difficile colitis. If repeated antibiotic use has eliminated the “good” bacteria from the gastrointestinal tract, bacteriotherapy can restore balance.
Who needs a Fecal Transplant?
Patients with frequent bacterial C. difficile infections.
Double Balloon Endoscopy
A double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) is a technique that allows your gastroenterologist to see areas of your digestive tract that are outside the …
What is a Double Balloon Endoscopy?
A double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) is a technique that allows your gastroenterologist to see areas of your digestive tract that are outside the reach of traditional endoscopes. Using a push-and-pull method in which two balloons are inflated and deflated, the intestines seem “shortened” because they can fold as the scope advances through the small intestine.
Who Needs a Double Balloon Endoscopy?
DBE is most often used to examine patients with a surgically altered digestive system, such as gastric bypass, Billroth II gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y anastomosis during liver transplantation.
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EU)
During an Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), a small flexible tube is inserted in your mouth or anus while you are sedated to look for bile duct stones, enlarged lymph nodes, or …
What is an Endoscopic Ultrasound?
During an Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), a small flexible tube is inserted in your mouth or anus while you are sedated to look for bile duct stones, enlarged lymph nodes, or tumors around the rectum, pancreas, and esophagus. The high-frequency sound waves show a complete picture of your gastrointestinal tract and nearby organs.
Who needs an Endoscopic Ultrasound?
EUS may be used to drain pancreatic pseudocysts, or to get a closer picture of abnormalities in your digestive tract.
A capsule endoscopy lets your gastroenterologist to see your entire GI tract, as opposed to just the top or bottom part in an upper endoscopy or …
What is a Capsule Endoscopy?
A capsule endoscopy lets your gastroenterologist to see your entire GI tract, as opposed to just the top or bottom part in an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy. You will swallow a tiny video camera (about the size of a pill), and it will take pictures as it travels through your digestive system. Afterwards, the camera will pass painlessly in your stool.
Who Needs a Capsule Endoscopy?
Your gastroenterologist may recommend a capsule endoscopy if they suspect bleeding or other abnormalities in the small intestine. You may also be a candidate if your colonoscopy could not be completed, or to detect irregularities such as polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, tumors, or ulcers.
What is the Prep for a Capsule Endoscopy?
Your gastroenterologist will have more specific instructions, but you will need to go without food or drink for at least 12 hours before your capsule endoscopy. Please make sure you inform them of your medical and surgical history, as well as any prescription or over-the-counter medications you may be taking.