An EGD, also referred to as an upper endoscopy, is a sedated procedure that enables the gastroenterologist to evaluate the inner lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine. This is the best way to evaluate for hiatal hernia, ulcers, gluten sensitivity, reflux, and Barrett's esophagus. This 15-minute, safe procedure is performed while the patient is sedated. Therefore, there is no gagging, pain, or effect on breathing. Endoscopy allows for therapeutic interventions. These include: biopsy, control of bleeding, stricture dilation, and polyp removal. Symptoms that may require...more
Colonoscopy is a sedated procedure that allows the gastroenterologist to closely inspect the inner lining of the colon where precancerous polyps or cancer can grow. By identifying and removing polyps during this 30-minute, pain-free procedure, the gastroenterologist can greatly reduce or eliminate the risk of colon cancer. Cancerous polyps may also be removed during colonoscopy when detected early.
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Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a specialized type of endoscopy used to evaluate the bile ducts and pancreatic ducts. The ducts that drain bile from the liver into the small intestine are known as the bile ducts. The pancreatic duct drains digestive enzymes from the pancreas into the small intestine. Both of these drainage systems can be evaluated with ERCP. ERCP can also be used to evaluate the region of the small intestine where both of these ducts drain. ERCP requires use of X-ray and therefore is performed in a hospital setting.
Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that allows for visualization of the lining of the entire length of the small intestine, something that is not possible with a standard endoscopy. The capsule endoscope is an untethered capsule camera that is the size of a vitamin pill. The patient swallows the camera with a glass of water in the morning and returns in the afternoon after a normal day of activity. Throughout the procedure high-resolution images are sent from the camera to a receiver mounted on a belt worn by the patient. The capsule camera is one-time use and is passed painlessly with a...more
Barrett's esophagus is a condition that affects the lining of the esophagus and usually occurs in people with significant acid reflux (GERD). This condition affects the lining of the esophagus, the swallowing tube that carries foods and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. Barrett's esophagus is caused by injury to the esophagus from the chronic backwash of stomach contents (like acid and enzymes) that occurs with acid reflux.
Barrett’s esophagus is best diagnosed by endoscopy, a non-surgical procedure requiring only moderate sedation.
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The HET System is a non-surgical device for the treatment of internal hemorrhoids. HET allows for the gentle and effective treatment of grades I and II hemorrhoids in a single procedure. The hemorrhoids are treated with a ligation technology, resulting in their shrinkage and subsequent resolution of the disturbing symptoms. Typically, patients may return to normal activities right after the procedure.more
Small bowel enteroscopy is a small bowel endoscopic procedure that is performed with an extra-long endoscope. This is used to access areas deeper in the small intestine not accessible with the standard-length endoscope. Small bowel enteroscopy is often used to treat or remove abnormalities that are discovered during capsule endoscopy.more
Radial endoscopic ultrasound is a diagnostic technique that allows for detailed internal ultrasound evaluation of digestive structures. The esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and biliary system are evaluated by combining endoscopy and ultrasound. This is a sedated endoscopic procedure similar to upper endoscopy that is performed in the hospital outpatient setting.
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The expert gastroenterologists at PA GI are trained to perform therapeutic endoscopy. Therapeutic interventions include: polyp removal, ulcer treatment, control of bleeding, stricture dilation, feeding tube placement, and biliary endoscopy. Most therapeutic interventions are completed at the time of your procedure and do not require additional procedures.more
Patients who require procedures for diagnosis or treatment receive personalized and compassionate care in our state-of-the art endoscopy center, the Digestive Disease Institute. Our goal is to provide patients with the highest quality care in a comfortable, caring, convenient, and friendly environment.