Overview

Gastroenterology is a procedure based specialty. We use endoscopy to look inside the body to make diagnoses, screen for and prevent cancer. In addition, endoscopy allows the gastroenterologist to treat conditions via the the endoscope thereby avoiding surgery. Endoscopic treatments include removal and destruction of polyps and other lesions, treatment of bleeding, dilation of narrowed areas (strictures) and placement of stents to keep narrowed areas open. Gallstones can be removed from the bile duct during a specialized endoscopy procedure known as ERCP.

Non-endoscopic gastroenterology procedures include breath tests to diagnose conditions including lactose intolerance and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, liver biopsies for the evaluation of certain liver diseases, and 24 hour pH testing and esophageal motility testing used to investigate certain esophageal disorders.

Radiology procedures including barium studies, ultrasound, CT scanning, MRI and nuclear medicine studies are often ordered by our doctors.

For more information about procedures, click on the links to the right.