What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions
of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and colon.
What is Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy?
Gastrointestinal endoscopy is the visualization of the gastrointestinal
(GI) tract by using a long, thin scope.
Our staff of trained physicians and nurses is equipped with the best training
and technology to address your GI concerns. Most of our physicians are
board-certified in gastroenterology with extensive training in diagnosing
and treating diseases of the digestive tract.
Our Endoscopy Lab provides a number of services for diagnosis and treatment
of various diseases of the GI tract including:
- Diseases of the liver
- Barrett's Esophagus
- GERD (heartburn)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Diseases of the pancreas
The following are the services we provide to help in these diagnoses:
Colonoscopy - The visual examination of the large intestine (colon). Abnormalities such
as inflammation of the colon, colon polyps, cancer, diverticulosis and
other conditions can be seen during a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is also
a safe and effective way to evaluate problems such as blood loss, changes
in bowel habits, abdominal pain, and abnormalities that may have first
been detected by other tests.
Sigmoidoscopy - A shorter version of a colonoscopy in which only the lower end of the large
intestine is viewed.
Bronchoscopy - Views the air tubes in the lungs using a flexible lighted scope. The bronchoscopy
helps diagnose problems of the lungs. Samples of tissue are often removed
and sent to the laboratory for further testing.
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGDs) - Sometimes called an upper endoscopy, this procedure is a visual examination
of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum using a lighted flexible tube.
This procedure helps doctors find the causes of swallowing difficulties,
vomiting, bleeding, acid reflux, abdominal pain and
Liver Biopsy - During this procedure a needle is inserted through the skin and into the
liver. A small sample of liver tissue is removed and sent to a lab to
be examined. A liver biopsy may be done if you have abnormal X-rays, abnormal
blood tests or chronic liver disease. This procedure can diagnose a liver
problem, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, or fatty liver. It also aids in
assessing the cause and severity of a liver problem.
Bone marrow biopsy - Evaluates if the bone marrow, soft tissue found inside some of the larger
bones in the body, is making red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets
correctly. During the biopsy, a sample of marrow is removed for examination
under a microscope.
For more information about St. Joseph's Endoscopy Services, please call 816-943-2722.