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5 Reasons Your Doctor Might Recommend an Upper Endoscopy

May 22, 2019

If your doctor has ordered an upper endoscopy (or EGD), you might be worried. While an upper endoscopy can be nerve-wracking, the procedure is quick, simple, and can be used to diagnose a wide range of GI issues. There are numerous reasons why your doctor might want you to get an upper endoscopy. Here are … Continue reading “5 Reasons Your Doctor Might Recommend an Upper Endoscopy”

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Preparing For Your Colonoscopy

March 18, 2019

A colonoscopy is a simple and effective tool that can help detect colon cancer, polyps, and other abnormalities. During a colonoscopy, your doctor can diagnose conditions, take biopsies, and even remove harmful tissue such as tumors. If you have a colonoscopy scheduled, you need to prepare your body for the exam so your doctor can … Continue reading “Preparing For Your Colonoscopy”

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3 Reasons You Might Need Medication Through an Infusion Service

November 26, 2018

A need for infusion therapy means medication cannot be taken orally. Drugs are given intravenously through a needle or catheter. There are a variety of reasons for infusion therapy. Cancer and cancer-related pain, dehydration, some stomach diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and congestive heart failure are just a few of the many instances infusion therapy may be … Continue reading “3 Reasons You Might Need Medication Through an Infusion Service”

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Common Feeding Tube Complications

November 14, 2018

A feeding tube is self-explanatory. Placement of one is called Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) procedure and consists of a tube being placed through a small cut in the abdomen to get food and drink directly to your stomach. There are a variety of reasons why someone may need to have a feeding tube placed. If … Continue reading “Common Feeding Tube Complications”

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Why a Gastroenterologist Might Use an Ultrasound

October 24, 2018

A gastroenterologist is a specialist who diagnoses and treats diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver. You may be referred to a gastroenterologist for a routine colonoscopy or if you are experiencing problems with your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, or liver. One of the tests your gastroenterologist may … Continue reading “Why a Gastroenterologist Might Use an Ultrasound”

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Wireless pH Monitoring vs the Catheter System

October 12, 2018

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that affects the muscles spanning the area between the stomach and esophagus. In this malady, stomach acid backs up into the esophagus causing heartburn and other related conditions and resulting in a decline in overall health and comfort. The pH monitoring (measurement of alkalinity or acidity) of … Continue reading “Wireless pH Monitoring vs the Catheter System”

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Halo Ablation Complications

September 24, 2018

If you suffer from Barrett’s esophagus, a complication often associated with long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you know it comes with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. Halo ablation is one of the preferred treatments for Barrett’s esophagus, but is it safe? Find out whether you should be concerned about the risk of complication from … Continue reading “Halo Ablation Complications”

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Detecting Small Bowel Bleeding with Capsule Endoscopy

September 15, 2018

While it’s called the “small” bowel, the small intestine is actually the longest part of the gastrointestinal tract. Until the advent of capsule endoscopy, it was difficult to pinpoint the cause of suspected internal bleeding without invasive procedures. Finding the source of internal bleeding throughout the GI tract is important, as ulcers, Crohn’s disease, polyps … Continue reading “Detecting Small Bowel Bleeding with Capsule Endoscopy”

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