Here you will find a list of common gastrointestinal ailments we treat and desciptions of the various procedures that we specialize in. If you have any more questions, please refer to the links at the bottom of the page.
Common Gastrointestinal Problems and Related ConditionsAbdominal Pain or Indigestion
Colon Cancer Screening
Crohn's and Colitis
Difficulty in Swallowing
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Nausea and/or Vomiting
Rectal Pain and/or Bleeding
Colonoscopy - "Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities by inserting a flexible tube as thick as your finger into your anus and slowly advancing it into the rectum and colon."
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) - "...ERCP, is a specialized technique used to study the ducts of the gallbladder, pancreas and liver...During ERCP, your doctor will pass an endoscope through your mouth, esophagus and stomach into the duodenum (first part of the small intestine). An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube that lets your doctor see inside your bowels. After your doctor sees the common opening to ducts from the liver and pancreas, your doctor will pass a narrow plastic tube called a catheter through the endoscope and into the ducts. Your doctor will inject a contrast material (dye) into the pancreatic or biliary ducts and will take X-rays."
Upper Endoscopy - "Upper endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, and will view the images on a video monitor."
Hemorrhoidal banding- Hemorrhoidal banding is an office based procedure that allows a safe and quick treatment of symptomatic hemorrhoids. Usually three sessions are required to place the bands which result in a retraction and reduction of the hemorrhoids.
Definitions quoted March 21, 2004, from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, www.asge.org.
Physician Endoscopy Center (PEC): www.pec-tx.com
Common Gastrointestinal (GI) Problems: www.acg.gi.org
Learn More about Endoscopy Procedures: www.asge.org
American Liver Foundation: www.liverfoundation.org
Celiac Sprue Association: www.csaceliacs.org
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation: www.ccfa.org
International Foundation for Functional GI Disorders: www.iffgd.org