Digestive diseases affect millions of people each year. Gastrointestinal system diseases impact the esophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestine, colon (large intestine). The risk of developing colon cancer is 1 in 20 people, however, the rate of colorectal cancer deaths has dropped over 20 years largely due to an increase in early diagnosis, screening and advanced treatment.
At Regional Medical Center, we diagnose and treat gastrointestinal disorders with advanced techniques and procedures. Quicker diagnosis leads to wider treatment options. Our advanced technology provides an alternative to many patients who traditionally required surgery.
- Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS): EUS utilizes both endoscopy and ultrasound with the insertion of a small probe to obtain views of the internal digestive organs and assist in detecting tumors.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): ERCP uses endoscopy and fluoroscopy to diagnose disease in the bile ducts and the pancreatic duct including gallstones, inflammation and cancer. (See video below.)
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD): EGD is a minimally invasive diagnostic test using endoscopy to examine the upper G.I. tract and to diagnose ulcers and bleeding.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Treatment (GERD): Commonly referred to as “acid reflux disease”, GERD is a result of stomach acid coming up to the esophagus from the stomach. Common treatments include medications, lifestyle adjustments and in some cases surgery.
- Colonoscopy: An examination to look at the large intestine and rectum from the inside. This exam is critical in the early diagnosis of diverticulitis, polyps and colon cancer.
- Endoscopy: An examination to look at the entire gastrointestinal tract by using a small flexible scope with a camera to detect bleeding, inflammation, polyps and other conditions.
- Esophagography (Barium swallow): This uses contrast medium to illuminate the organs under x-ray. This test is used to diagnose a number of disorders including GERD, esophagus obstruction and stomach cancers.
- Esophagus, Stomach, Pancreatic, Liver and Colon Surgery
Our highly trained physicians are available to provide additional information based on your specific medical situation.