COLONOSCOPY – COLON CANCER SCREENING
Colonoscopy is a special exam of your lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If you are having symptoms of a lower GI problem this procedure may be done to get a better look of your lower gastrointestinal tract. During the procedure a long narrow flexible tube is used that contains a video camera. Your GI tract can then be viewed on a video screen. During the procedure you will be given a sedating medication through an IV (intravenous) line.
EGD – UPPER GI ENDOSCOPY
Upper GI Endoscopy is a special exam of your upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If you are having symptoms of an upper GI problem, this procedure may be done to find the cause. During the Endoscopy a long narrow flexible tube called an endoscope is used. This instrument contains a strong light and a video camera. It shows images of your GI tract on a video screen. During the procedure your throat may be numbed with a spray, and you are give relaxing medication through an IV (intravenous) line.
This procdure is done in a non-invasive manner by Capsule Endoscopy, allowing the doctor to directly view the entire small intestine. The patient is asked to swallow the capsule and color video images from inside the GI tract are recorded as the natural peristaltic movement passes the capsule smoothly and painlessly through the system. The data is transmitted by sensors, secured to a data recorder, worn like a belt while the patient goes about his daily activities. After 8 hours the patient returns the equipment for processing at the physicians office.
ERCP – LOCATING AND TREATING COMMON BILE DUCT BLOCKAGES
ERCP stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. This procedure is used to view the common bile duct. ERCP is used to locate and treat blockages in the duct. It may also be used to locate pancreas problems. During the procedure a narrow tube is placed into your throat and images of the inside of your digestive tract shows up on a video screen. During the procedure your throat will be numbed and you will be given medication to sedate you through an IV (intravenous) line.
Northlake Gastroenterology treats all of the GI tract, upper and lower not limited to but including:
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohns Disease
- Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
- Hiatal Hernia
- Reflux Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Celiac Disease
- Abnormal Liver Function Studies