GI SYSTEMS & DISORDERS
FORMS BEFORE YOU GO
At Advanced Gastro LC, we have the experience and training to handle virtually any digestive problem. With decades of combined experience, our board-certified gastroenterologists perform advanced procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of complex GI conditions.
Before determining which gastrointestinal procedure your condition requires, our doctors will take the time to listen to your concerns and discuss your GI symptoms and history. So many independent factors can influence the digestive system, you need an expert to help interpret what is going on. That way you don’t have to wait to get the treatment you need.
Once your doctor has determined a course of treatment, he or she will review with you the patient instructions prior to undergoing a procedure.
Procedures our gastroenterologists perform include:
- Upper Endoscopy (EGD) During an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, our doctors can diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Using an endoscope (a long, thin tube with a light and a viewing instrument) to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum (the first part of the small intestine), our doctors can examine the inside of the upper gastrointestinal tract for bleeding, tumors, polyps, diseases, and other abnormal conditions. This test is also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) or a gastroscopy.
- Colonoscopy A colonoscopy is most frequently is used to screen men and women for colon polyps or colon cancer. It may also be used to diagnose other diseases of the large intestine and rectum. If you are 50 years of age and at normal risk for colorectal cancer, your doctor may recommend you have a colonoscopy every 10 years. If you have a higher risk of colorectal cancer (e.g., it runs in your family), your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing. Learn more about colonoscopy.
- Hemorrhoid Banding A procedure in which the hemorrhoid is tied off at its base with rubber bands, cutting off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid. This treatment is only for internal hemorrhoids. To do this procedure, a doctor inserts a viewing instrument (anoscope) into the anus
- Endoscopic Ultrasound A procedure that allows a doctor to obtain images and information about the digestive tract and the surrounding tissue and organs, including the lungs
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Checks the tubes (ducts) that drain the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. A flexible, lighted scope (endoscope) and X-ray pictures are used
- BRAVO Ph Study The Bravo pH capsule test places a small device in the esophagus, or swallowing tube, to measure what happens when a patient feels the symptoms of heartburn. It may be more comfortable for some patients, and provide better data, than an esophageal manometry 24 hour pH study
- Single Balloon Enteroscopy An examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and deep small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum) with a small camera (flexible endoscope) which is inserted down the throat with the assistance of an overtube/balloon system
- Radiofrequency Ablation A procedure in which part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, tumor or other dysfunctional tissue is ablated using the heat generated from medium frequency alternating current (in the range of 350–500 kHz).