Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure in which a doctor uses a flexible, narrow lighted tube called the colonoscope, to look inside the entire colon.  This exam is used to find possible causes of rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, weight loss, unexplained changes in bowel habits, chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhea.  Colonoscopy is used as the main method for screening colon cancer and polyps.  Screening colonoscopy is advised for average risk patients at age 50 and thereafter at 10 year intervals. Continue Reading...

Upper Endoscopy

Upper endoscopy, also called EGD, (with stands for esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure which allows the doctor to look inside the upper gastrointestinal tract which includes esophagus, stomach, duodenum (first portion of the small intestine).  A thin, flexible, lighted tube is used to look inside the lining of the upper GI track.

 

Upper endoscopy is used to determine the causes of gastrointestinal diseases and symptoms including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, Barrett’s esophagus, swallowing difficulties, abdominal pain, bleeding, unexplained anemia, and presence of hiatal hernia. Continue Reading...