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Colonoscopy is considered the best screening method and is the only one that allows for the detection, removal and/or biopsy of abnormal tissue as soon as they are detected.

A colonoscopy is usually a quick (30 minutes) procedure that is relatively painless. Our procedures are performed at Baptist Medical Center East on an outpatient basis. Colonoscopy is a common procedure where the lining of the large intestine is examined, which includes the rectum and the colon all the way to the cecum (where the small and large intestine meet). Colonoscopies are done to check for abnormal growths that can turn into cancer. They are also used to diagnose other gastrointestinal problems such as inflammation and bleeding.

During the procedure the doctor uses a thin, flexible, lighted tube called a colonscope. The colonscope is inserted into the anus and through the colon. It allows the doctor to inflate your colon with air, cleanse the surface lining with water, inspect the lining, take photos, take tissue samples, and remove polyps.

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Bravo© pH Monitoring

Bravo© pH Monitoring

Bravo® pH monitoring is a capsule-based, patient-friendly test for identifying the presence of acid reflux. Information is collected over multiple days, which allows the doctor to evaluate reflux symptoms by determining the frequency and duration of acid flowing back up into the esophagus. The test is used to confirm if the patient’s symptoms are caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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Colonoscopy Screening

Colonoscopy: This procedure allows the gastroenterologist to perform a visual examination of the entire colon. This procedure is performed under sedation and patients are asleep during the examination.

Screening: Investigation/examination of the colon for evidence of cancer or pre-cancerous lesions. This examination is performed on patients 50 years and older once every ten years or if necessary more frequently; and on patients who are at higher risk for colorectal cancer.

Diagnostic Therapeutic Screening

Diagnostic: This procedure is accomplished to identify specific causes of symptoms being experienced by the patient. Some examples are bleeding, pain, and change in bowel habits.

Therapeutic: Once a problem or potential problem has been identified, the therapeutic colonoscopy is used to take corrective action. An example of this type procedure is the removal of colon polyps.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

Visual examination of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum using an endoscope. Patients receive a sedative and sleep during the procedure.

Endoscopicretrogradecholangiopancreotography (ERCP)

This procedure is used to identify causes of severe abdominal pain coming from the gall bladder or pancreas. It is also used to remove or mitigate obstructions in the common bile duct or pancreatic duct.

Pill Cam Endoscopy

This is a miniature camera enclosed in a pill that the patient swallows. It begins taking two pictures every second to make a photographic examination of the small intestine. It is a wonderful, painless, tool for diagnosing Crohn’s Disease and other small bowel ailments