Gastroenterology / Digestive Health
We can diagnose a variety of ailments through colonoscopy, EGD (endoscopy), endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP and esophageal manometry. Easton Hospital offers some services not available at other regional locations.
A procedure during which a pH monitor is placed in the esophagus using a delivery device during an EGD procedure. The tiny BRAVO unit is attached to the wall of your esophagus just above the opening to your stomach and records the presence of esophageal acid exposure for a 48-hour period.
A therapy that uses radio waves to treat Barrett’s esophagus by remove diseased tissue.
(Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography) ERCP is a specialized technique used to diagnose diseases of the gallbladder, biliary system, pancreas, and liver. The test discovers where digestive fluid comes from — the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas — to where it enters the intestines.
Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) allows a gastroenterologist to examine your esophageal and stomach linings as well as the walls of your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. RFA stands for Radio Frequency Ablation, a procedure that uses heat to remove abnormal tissue.
ANORECTAL MANOMETRY and AR-3D
Anorectal testing or manometry evaluates bowel function in patients with constipation or stool leakage. High resolution 3-D Anorectal manometry is a test used to evaluate the function and coordination of the anal sphincters and pelvic floor muscles.
- Anrectal manometry measures:
- Strength of the anal sphincter muscles
- Sensation of stooling in the rectum
- Reflexes that govern bowel
- Movements of the rectal and anal muscles
Examination of the upper digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (beginning of the small intestine) using a flexible endoscope. During the procedure, tissue samples may be taken and therapies may be performed without surgical interventions.
EMR stands for endoscopic mucosal resection, a procedure to remove cancerous or other abnormal tissues from the digestive tract.
Esophageal testing or manometry measures the pressures and the pattern of muscle contractions in the esophagus. Abnormalities in the contractions and strength of the muscle or in the sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus can result in pain, heartburn, and/or difficulty swallowing.
PUDENDAL NERVE TESTING
This test evaluates how well the pudendal nerve controls the anal sphincter muscles. A medical professional does a rectal exam with a small electrode taped to the index finger. The nerve inside the rectum is stimulated with a low electrical current. Some patients do not feel the stimulus while others feel a slight "buzz." The nerve stimulus should cause the sphincter muscles to contract. A computer measures how long it takes the sphincter to contract after the nerve is stimulated.