Overview

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Disease

Procedures

Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disease

Gastroenterology FAQs




Procedures

Colonoscopy

This procedure involves the insertion of an endoscope through the anus, allowing the doctor to see inflammation, erosion, bleeding, or ulcers on the wall of the colon. During the exam, Dr. Krigsman will perform biopsies, which involve taking small samples of tissue from parts of the colon so they can be viewed with a microscope or sent to a laboratory for analysis. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia.

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Upper Endoscopy

If abdominal pain or perceived abdominal pain is a significant symptom, or if there is suspicion of reflux or chest discomfort, an upper endoscopy may be recommended as well. This procedure involves the insertion of an endoscope through the mouth to check the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine for inflammation, erosion, bleeding, or ulcers. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.

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Wireless Capsule Endoscopy

The Wireless Capsule Endoscopy (pill cam) is a non-invasive method for visualization of the entire small bowel. The pill cam video capsule is an ingestible pill the size of a large vitamin. The capsule is equipped with a miniature video camera inside that is designed to capture color images from inside the body. As it moves through the GI tract it wirelessly transmits the images to sensors that are contained within a belt that is worn around the waist. The images are then stored on a data recorder that is about the size of a walkman. The capsule can either be swallowed or placed endoscopically under general anesthesia.

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