Methodist Medical Center treats all types of gastro-intestinal problems. Our board-certified physicians and nurses provide quality care for patients, using advanced technology to examine and treat your digestive problems. Gastroenterology services are available for people hospitalized at Methodist, as well as outpatients. Our services include:
- Upper endoscopy
- SpyGlassTM technology
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- GI motility testing
- Acid (pH) monitoring
Upper endoscopy (EGD) is the examination of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum with a video endoscope. An EGD can be used to diagnose problems such as acid reflux and to treat conditions such as bleeding from an ulcer.
Colonoscopy is the examination of the colon with a video colonoscope. It is a common test to screen for colon polyps or colon cancer, but also can be used to diagnose or control bleeding.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a specialized procedure performed to evaluate and treat problems of the bile duct or pancreas duct, such as a common bile duct stone. Treatments such as bile duct stone removal also can be performed.
SpyGlassTM technology is a new alternative to traditional ERCP. With SpyGlassTM technology, physicians use a fiber optic probe that is attached to a camera to examine portions of a patient’s digestive system in great detail and perform biopsies from inside the bile ducts during the examination. This technology improves a physician’s ability to accurately diagnose or rule out cancer or other potentially serious conditions without the need for additional scans, tests or invasive surgery.
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) combines ultrasound technology with endoscopy to better visualize the tissues of the digestive tract and adjacent anatomical structures inside the human body. This internal vantage point provides more detailed pictures of the GI tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small bowel and colon as well as surrounding tissues and organs. Learn More.
GI motility testing is an examination for movement problems in the digestive system. This type of testing is done with a small flexible catheter that measures and records pressure. Physicians at Methodist use GI motility testing to evaluate the esophagus and the rectum.
Acid (pH) testing measures the level of acid in the esophagus with a small acid sensor. This test can detect if acid reflux is occurring and can help determine whether medications are controlling acid reflux.
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