Procedures

Colonoscopy

What is a colonoscopy?
  • An endoscopic examination of the bowels using hair-thin tubing and high resolution camera
  • Assists doctors in proper diagnoses, providing a visual of the inner colon and rectum
  • Frequently ordered to help make sense of abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, rectal bleeding and weight loss
  • Prevents spread of colorectal cancer and colon cancer through early detection
  • Covered under preventive care for routine screenings

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Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

What is Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy?
  • A minimally invasive GI procedure that uses a lighted, flexible endoscope to view the upper GI tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum)
  • Assists doctors in diagnoses associated with difficulty swallowing, heartburn and chronic acid reflux
  • Used to survey gastric and duodenal ulcers
  • For confirmation of diagnoses, such as celiac disease
  • Complements other therapeutic efforts in patients already diagnosed

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Esophageal Dilation

What is Esophageal Dilation?
  • A therapeutic endoscopic procedure that is used to stretch or enlarge the inside of the esophagus
  • Treats medical conditions that have led to a narrowing of the lumen (esophagus)
  • Various techniques for this procedure may be an option for you Learn More

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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

What is a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
  • Examination similar to colonoscopy, that visualizes the large intestine through the rectum in the lower end of the colon by using a flexible endoscope
  • May be recommended to decipher the underlying cause of unexplained abdominal discomfort and sudden weight loss
  • Used to detect early signs of descending rectal and colon cancer
  • Allows physician to remove tissue if an irregularity is noted

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Paracentesis

What is Paracentesis?
  • A GI procedure ( also known as peritoneocentesis), in which the peritoneal cavity is punctured with a small needle for the purpose of collecting fluid
  • Used to relieve pressure as a result of fluid buildup
  • Commonly ordered to diagnose abdominal infections
  • Patient positioned on back, head elevated to allow fluid to accumulate

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Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostromy (PEG)

What is PEG?
  • A medical procedure which uses an endoscope to place a feeding tube directly into the stomach through a small incision in the abdominal wall
  • Used to relieve pressure as a result of fluid buildup
  • Allows patients unable to consume food orally to otherwise naturally digest (enteral nutrition) via the gastrointestinal tract
  • An alternative to open surgery

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Small Bowel Endoscopy (Enteroscopy)

What is a Small Bowel Endoscopy?
  • A GI procedure (similar to an Upper Endoscopy) that uses an enteroscope instrument to examine the small intestine, esophagus and stomach
  • Used to relieve pressure as a result of fluid buildup
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease and unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding are among the ailments commonly diagnosed through use of this procedure
  • The enteroscope utilizes inflating and deflating balloons on either end of a tube to noninvasively deepen a small camera into the small intestine for visualization

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Orbera Balloon Placement

What is Orbera Balloon Placement?
  • A noninvasive procedure used to complement weight loss plans and help patients adapt to healthier portion sizes
  • A physician inserts a small gastric balloon into the stomach through the throat, down through the esophagus by using an endoscope
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease and unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding are among the ailments commonly diagnosed through use of this procedure
  • Most insurance plans reimburse