Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. A gastroenterologist is a physician with dedicated training and unique experience in the management of diseases of these parts of the body. Common conditions gastroenterologists treat include colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and pancreatitis.
At Ingalls, we offer a full range of procedures to diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including:
- Gastroscopy - a procedure that uses a flexible tube to examine the upper intestinal tract, usually if your doctor suspects that you have an ulcer, inflammation or other abnormality of the esophagus
- Colonoscopy - a procedure that allows a physician to see inside your entire large intestine and the lower end of the small intestine to detect abnormalities in early stages of cancer
- Bronchoscopy - a diagnostic examination of the major air passages of the lungs.
- Proctoscopy - another test for viewing the bowel to check for polyps, an abnormal growth in the colon.
- Esophageal motility studies - a test used to diagnose abnormalities in the function of the esophageal muscle.
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy - a procedure that helps a physician see the inside of the large intestine to find the cause of diarrhea, abdominal pain or constipation, or to find early signs of cancer.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)- a procedure that helps a physician diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas.
Endoluminal Gastro Plication (ELGP)
ELGP is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) while avoiding the risks of major abdominal surgery. During EGLP, the doctor passes an endoscope (a flexible tube with a cameras inserted) through the mouth into the esophagus. Through the endoscope, pieces of esophagus are sutured into a pleat (plicated) just below the lower esophageal sphincter. These pleats reduce the acidic stomach contents from entering the esophagus and reduce the symptoms of GERD. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure.
Patients interested in the ELGP procedure should call Abraham Fallah, M.D. at 708.799.3305.