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Community Digestive Health Services

South: Digestive health procedures

The physicians and staff at Community Hospital South Endoscopy are experienced in a wide variety of digestive health diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. We specialize in the following areas:

Visualizes airways of the lungs. It is used to diagnose lung diseases and cancers and to determine the cause of chronic coughing or bleeding. A small, lighted scope is passed through your nose or mouth, down your windpipe and into your lungs. A tissue specimen may be obtained to determine a diagnosis. Sedation is given for this procedure. Recovery time is one to two hours and you will be unable to drink or eat for two hours following the procedure.

A lighted scope is passed through your rectum, through the colon (three to six feet), to the lower end of the small intestine. The procedure is used to diagnose change in bowel habits and to screen for colon cancers. If anything unusual is found such as a polyp or inflamed tissue, a biopsy may be taken and sent to the lab for analysis. Sedation is given and the procedure typically lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. Recovery time is about one hour. Prior to your procedure, your colon will need to be cleaned with a bowel preparation given to you by your physician.

A lighted scope is passed through the esophagus, stomach and duodenum until it reaches the area where the ducts of the biliary tree and pancreas open into the duodenum. It allows for diagnosis of diseases linked to the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas. It is used to discover reasons for abdominal pain, abnormal lab tests, jaundice and weight loss. Sedation is given and the procedure can last from 30 minutes to two hours with a one-hour recovery. You will be required to lay on your stomach for the procedure and you will be unable to eat or drink for six hours prior.

This procedure is similar to a bronchoscopy except that it uses ultrasound technology to visualize structures in and around the bronchial tree or the lungs. This allows the physician to see beyond the bronchial wall to the diseased tissue, lymph nodes or lesions outside of the bronchial airways. Therefore, it can be used in the diagnosis of lung cancer, infections and other diseases that cause enlarged lymph nodes in the chest, and to evaluate lesions which cause airway invasion. This procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes and requires sedation. Recovery time is the same as a bronchoscopy, one to two hours.

Manometry is a non-sedated procedure that is used to diagnose swallowing disorders and chest pain. A thin tube is passed down the nose and into the esophagus to measure esophageal pressures. A pH test will measure abnormal acid reflux problems. In a traditional pH test, no sedation is required. A tube is placed down the nose and connected to a receiver that you wear for 24 hours. It records acid levels in your esophagus as you go about your daily life. A BRAVO pH test is a 48-hour test. A capsule is adhered to the lining of your esophagus and it sends data to a receiver that you wear for 48 hours. The BRAVO does not require a tube going down your nose. The test requires that you not have any food or drink for six hours prior. There is no recovery period. A BRAVO can also be placed with sedation if necessary. In this case, an upper endoscopy is performed and the capsule is placed while sedated. A one-hour recovery period will then be necessary.

A lighted scope is passed through the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. The procedure is used to discover the reason for swallowing problems, nausea, vomiting, reflux, bleeding, indigestion, abdominal pain or chest pain. Sedation is given and the procedure takes 10 to 20 minutes with a one-hour recovery time. Your stomach must be empty for this procedure to be performed so you cannot eat or drink for at least six hours prior.

A lighted scope is passed through your rectum, through the lower intestine. The procedure is used to diagnose colon cancer as well as investigate causes of bleeding, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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