DHC offers state-of-the-art procedures in gastroenterology and digestive disease. Our expert specialists diagnose and treat a variety of digestive problems, such as peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, abdominal pain, and rectal bleeding, as well as perform colorectal cancer screenings. In order to treat these issues, a gastrointestinal procedure is often needed.
Common Gastrointestinal Surgical Procedures
Digestive Healthcare Center in New Jersey performs common gastrointestinal procedures to properly diagnose and treat patients that are experiencing symptoms that may cause discomfort, bleeding, or concern. Each procedure specializes in different gastroenterological conditions and may be performed as routine healthcare screenings as well. These procedures are:
Anal Manometry, also referred to as an Anorectal Manometry, is a test performed to diagnose fecal incontinence, a condition where the patient is unable to control their bowel movements. A catheter with a balloon attached at the end is inserted into the anus to test the anal sphincter’s competency. This is a safe, low-risk procedure that only takes around 30 minutes to perform.
Bravo pH Monitor
To check a patient’s pH levels, the doctor will use a Bravo Esophageal pH Monitor. This is a catheter-less procedure in which a pH capsule is temporarily attached to the wall of the esophagus to collect pH samples. This esophageal procedure is done for patients that often experience stomach acid enter their throats.
DHC administers breath tests for lactose intolerance and bacterial overgrowth diagnosis. Breath tests are optimal for diagnosing these disorders, as they’re highly sensitive to bacteria malabsorption.
A Capsule Endoscopy is a procedure where the doctor uses a tiny camera in order to take photos of the patient’s digestive tract. Similar to a Bravo pH Monitor test, the patient swallows a capsule, and inside the capsule is a camera that takes thousands of photos as it travels throughout your digestive tract. This procedure is optimal for diagnosing disorders within the small intestine, as that organ is harder to observe with other traditional procedures and tests.
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
An Endoscopic Ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure for any gastrointestinal issues the patient may be facing. A general endoscopic ultrasound observes every part of the gastrointestinal tract for diagnosis. The camera scope is inserted into either the mouth or the anus which allows your doctor to examine the walls of your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract
A Colonoscopy is a common procedure for diagnosing problems in the patient’s rectum and colon. Colonoscopies are an endoscopic procedure limited to the colon. During this procedure, a long tube known as a colonoscope is inserted into the rectum, and a small camera on it allows the doctor to fully observe any abnormalities within the colon. This procedure is commonly done as preventive care.
An Esophageal Manometry measures the pressure of the muscle contractions in your throat. This procedure is helpful for diagnosing problems with the esophageal muscle.
If a patient is suffering from problems such as diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal pain, the doctor may recommend a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy procedure in order to diagnose the source of those issues. This endoscopic procedure involves a long catheter tube which is inserted into the colon so that the doctor may observe any abnormalities in the large intestine.
Hemorrhoidal Banding is a common procedure for those with hemorrhoids. This procedure treats this problem by wrapping bands around the hemorrhoid to effectively cut off blood flow to it.
For patients who cannot take oral medication or those that are not benefiting from their current oral medication, the doctor may prescribe Infusion Therapy, an alternative treatment where medication is infused into the patient intravenously through a needle or tube.
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) is a treatment by which a tube is inserted orally, and then medication and nutrition is administered down the tube directly to the stomach.
Therapeutic Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is the study of a patient’s drainage ducts to their bowels. ERCP scope can treat stones, plant stents, and diagnose cancer via tissue sampling and balloon inflation within the bowels.
Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
An Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (EGD) will help the doctor diagnose problems within the patient’s upper gastrointestinal tract – this includes the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. The endoscope is inserted down into the patient’s esophagus to detect and diagnose abnormalities.
Common Gastroenterology Tests in New Jersey
Most of our gastroenterology procedures are performed at the Central Jersey Ambulatory Surgical Center, which is an AAAHC accredited, state-of-the-art facility located on the first floor of our Hillsborough, NJ office building. To learn more about gastrointestinal issues, or if you are experiencing any abnormal symptoms, contact Digestive Healthcare Center as soon as possible by calling or requesting an appointment today.