Diagnosis and Treatment

Our experienced team uses evidence-based techniques and national standards to evaluate and diagnose various digestive diseases.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Some of the safe and effective procedures that we perform include:

(Select each link below for a brief description of diagnosis and treatment.)

Colonoscopy

During a colonoscopy, a doctor inserts a thin tube equipped with a camera into the anus to allow the doctor to see inside the colon. While colonoscopies are sometimes used for screenings, they can also be used to treat early-stage colon cancer. For example, if small cancerous polyps are found during a colonoscopy, the doctor may be able to remove them during the same procedure.

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)

EMR is a procedure used to treat large or complex polyps in the gastrointestinal system. A doctor inserts a thin tube into the mouth or anus and then guides it into the colon, small intestine, esophagus or stomach. A small camera attached to the end of the tube allows the doctor to see inside the digestive system. Using a special tool attached to the tube, the doctor can remove diseased tissue or polyps. This procedure can sometimes be used instead of major surgery.

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

During a EUS, a doctor inserts a thin tube into the mouth and down into the stomach and small intestine. At the end of the tube is a device that gives off sound waves. These sound waves bounce off surfaces, creating black and white images of the digestive system. EUS is primarily used for diagnostic purposes, but can also be used as a treatment tool. For example, a doctor can sometimes drain cysts during a EUS.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Doctors use ERCP to manage and treat conditions in the bile and pancreatic ducts. These ducts sometimes become narrowed or blocked because of problems like gallstones or tumors. ERCP helps doctors gather diagnostic images of the digestive system. It can also be used as a treatment tool. For example, a doctor may use ERCP and very small tools to break up blockages, remove tumors or insert stents that hold ducts open.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

RFA procedures treat conditions like Barrett’s esophagus, radiation proctitis and gastrointestinal bleeding disorders. During RFA, a doctor inserts a thin tube into the mouth and down into the esophagus (the passage that connects the throat and the stomach). The tube releases radio waves that work to remove very thin layers of diseased tissue.

Small Bowel Enteroscopy

It is a procedure to manage disorders of the hard-to-reach, deep areas within the small bowel (also called the small intestine). A doctor inserts a thin tube with a small camera on the end into the mouth or anus and then guides it into the small bowel. The tube can be inflated to open up the bowel and give the doctor a better view. This procedure is sometimes used to gather diagnostic information. It can also be used as a treatment tool. For example, a doctor may use this procedure to remove polyps from the small bowel.
 

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