A capsule endoscopy is a non-invasive examination to search for bleeding or other ailments in the small intestine. You swallow a vitamin-size capsule that contains a tiny video camera which sends data to a recording device worn in a vest. The data is then transferred to a computer and the doctor scans the 8 hour (or more) video for clues to what problems may be found inside.
CRH banding is a minimally invasive hemorrhoid treatment procedure where a small tight rubber band is placed around the internal hemorrhoid tissue, causing the tissue to shrivel up, fall off, and form a small scar. The result is relief of symptoms like bleeding and swelling.
Esophageal manometry is a way to study the muscle and nerve functions of the esophagus. It allows our physicians to understand the “motility” (contractions or peristalsis) and learn if there are abnormal levels of stomach acid in the stomach. Manometry measures pressure, pH studies measure acidity, and impedance examines how fluid passes up and down the esophagus.
A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive examination of the colon. Colonoscopy is an important way to check for colon cancer and to treat polyps. Polyps are abnormal growths on the inside lining of the colon. They vary in size and shape and usually cause no symptoms. It isn’t possible to tell just by looking at a polyp if it is malignant (cancer) or potentially malignant. Colonoscopy is generally done as an outpatient procedure.
An upper endoscopy is a minimally invasive examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract, consisting of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). This procedure is used to evaluate for causes of abdominal pain, nausea, swallowing problems, stubborn heartburn, suspected ulcers, other forms of inflammation, suspected tumors, as well as to identify and correct bleeding problems in these areas.