Treatments and Procedures
To understand this procedure, it is helpful to know some upper intestinal tract anatomy. It starts with the food tube or esophagus. This organ moves food down to the stomach with sweeping muscle contractions. At the lower end of the esophagus is a specialized muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).
Colonoscopy is the visual examination of the large intestine (colon) using a lighted, flexible video endoscope. The colon begins in the right-lower abdomen and looks like a big question mark as it moves up and around the abdomen, ending in the rectum. It is 5 to 6 feet long. The colon has a number of functions including withdrawing water from the liquid stool that enters it so that a formed stool is produced.
ERCP stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. As hard as this is to say, the idea behind the exam is fairly simple. A dye is injected into the bile and pancreatic ducts using a flexible, video endoscope. Then x-rays are taken to outline the bile ducts and pancreas.
The esophagus is the long, narrow food tube (gullet) that carries food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. It can become blocked or injured in a variety of ways. Esophageal dilatation is the technique used to stretch or open the blocked portion of the esophagus.
The esophagus is the tube that carries food and liquid from the throat to the stomach. Although it seems like a simple organ, the esophagus is not a rigid tube. The wall of the esophagus contains muscle that rhythmically contracts whenever a person swallows. This contraction occurs as a sweeping wave (peristalsis) carrying food down the esophagus. It literally strips the food or liquid from the throat to the stomach.
The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquid from the throat to the stomach. However, it is not a rigid tube. The muscles in the wall of the esophagus automatically contract when a person swallows. This type of contraction, called peristalsis, occurs as a sweeping wave down the esophagus. It literally squeezes the food or liquid along from the mouth to the stomach.
Sigmoidoscopy is the visual examination of the inside of the rectum and sigmoid colon, using a lighted, flexible tube connected to an eyepiece or video screen for viewing. This device is called an endoscope. The colon (large intestine) is 5 to 6 feet long. During a sigmoidoscopy, only the last 1 to 2 feet of the colon is examined. This last part of the colon, just above the rectum, is called the sigmoid colon.
We are pleased to offer our patients the CRH O’Regan System for treatment of hemorrhoids. This system is non-surgical and has been proven to be fast, painless and easy. The treatment is also covered by most insurance plans. Ask your provider whether the CRH O’Regan System is right for you.
Medications delivered by intravenous administration are one way of treating a number of disorders and are referred to as Infusion Therapy. These are often delivered through infusion centers who have the responsibility to appropriately mix and administer the medications, while nursing staff continually monitor patients throughout the infusion. Infusion therapy can treat a wide variety of disorders. Within gastrology and hepatology, infusions are often used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that sits beneath the liver in the right-upper abdomen. It’s function is to store bile. It is attached to the bile ducts that come from the liver. These ducts carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and intestine where the bile helps digest food. The gallbladder is not necessary to maintain good health.
The liver is remarkable, quietly making many proteins, eliminating waste products, and participating in the general metabolism and nutrition of the body. It even has the power to regenerate itself. However, there are many different problems that can occur in the liver and some can cause permanent damage. These conditions include virus infections, reactions to drugs or alcohol, tumors, hereditary conditions, and problems with the body’s immune system.
This procedure starts with a soft balloon placed in your stomach for 6 months to reinforce proper portion control. The Orbera™ balloon takes up space in your stomach to help you eat smaller meals.
Upper GI endoscopy, sometimes called EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy), is a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract using a lighted, flexible fiberoptic or video endoscope. The upper gastrointestinal tract begins with the mouth and continues with the esophagus (food tube) which carries food to the stomach. The J-shaped stomach secretes a potent acid and churns food into small particles. The food then enters the duodenum, or small bowel, where bile from the liver and digestive juices from the pancreas mix with it to help the digestive process.