Colonoscopy involves the use of a special scope used to find, evaluate, and treat abnormalities in the colon. Abnormalities may include polyps, cancer, or inflammation, which may cause bleeding, pain, diarrhea, or constipation. Colonoscopy is a primary method doctors use to screen for and prevent colon cancer.
Endoscopy is the direct visualization of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Diagnosis can be made during this exam by detecting changes in the upper GI tract appearance and also by obtaining biopsy samples. Therapeutic modalities include sclerotherapy, dilatation and heater probe treatment.
ERCP is a diagnostic tool to detect disorders of the pancreas, bile ducts, liver and gallbladder. Blockages or stones can be diagnosed during ERCP and treated via sphincterotomy, stenting or stone extraction.
Esophageal Manometry is a technique used to diagnose esophageal motility disorders. With the use of a small catheter inserted through the nose we are able to evaluate the functional activity of the esophagus.
Bravo pH Monitoring is a 24 or 48 hour continuous collection of esophageal pH readings obtained by a catheter free pH probe capsule placed in the esophagus during a routine endoscopy. The probe sends pH data to a recording device worn by the patient. After the testing period the recording device is returned to the GI Lab to be correlated with a diary kept by the patient and interpreted by the physician.
Barrx Ablation is a technology in which heat energy is delivered in a very precise and highly controlled manner to remove Barretts esophagus tissue, a precancerous change to the thin layer of tissue lining the esophagus. Ablation therapy is performed in conjunction with with an upper endoscopy.