What we do
We provide 1) office consultations for common gastrointestinal ailments such as peptic ulcer disease, reflux, and colorectal cancer screening, 2) second opinion consultation for more difficult problems (unexplained abdominal pain, diarrhea, malabsorption, and 3) direct set-up endoscopy procedures (e.g., upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, manometry) for evaluation of reflux, ulcers or for colon cancer screening. Read more below.
Upper endoscopy allows your doctor to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, and will view the images on a video monitor. You might hear your doctor or other medical staff refer to upper endoscopy as upper GI endoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) or panendoscopy. The doctor can identify reflux complications, stomach ulcers, and stomach cancer accurately with this procedure.
Colonoscopy is a common and very safe procedure that examines the lining of the lower intestinal tract called the colon or large intestine. When used as a colon cancer prevention method, colonoscopy can find potentially precancerous growths called polyps and remove them before they turn into cancer. This explains why colonoscopy is an invaluable tool that helps your doctor answer important questions about your digestive health and prevent certain diseases like colon cancer. Colonoscopy can also uncover hidden diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease in patients with unexplained pain, diarrhea or bleeding.
Colorectal Cancer. Are you at Risk?
Start the conversation about colorectal cancer screening before signs and symptoms occur.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and men combined. However, if caught early enough it can be prevented, treated, or cured.
In 2016, an estimated 134,000 persons were diagnosed with the disease, and about 49,000 people died from it.
However, fewer than half of people found to have colorectal cancer are diagnosed at an early stage, when treatment is most effective. This means that many people are living with a serious risk that they are not aware of. You could have greater peace of mind by getting screened.
“Screening is done while you are feeling well – to find any abnormalities early, before signs or symptoms of disease occur” – American Cancer Society
You may be more likely than other people to develop colon cancer if you:
Are over 45 years of age
Had colorectal polyps or cancer in the past
Have a family history of colorectal cancer (in parent, brother, sister, or child)
Have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
Eat a diet high in fat and low in calcium, fiber, and folate
Have certain genetic conditions
Who needs to be tested?
According to the American Cancer Society, people with no identified risk factors should begin regular testing at age 45. However, individuals with a family history of the disease or who have other risk factors for colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer, such as inflammatory bowel disease, should discuss with their doctor whether they should begin screening at an earlier age, or have tests more frequently.