Digestive-related medical conditions can be some of the most delicate to discuss, even with a doctor. Yet properly caring for these conditions can mean a much higher quality of life.
At HonorHealth, you'll find expert digestive disease specialists, known as gastroenterologists, who can help you manage symptoms and minimize any disruption to your lifestyle. HonorHealth also provides diagnostics, including laboratory services and medical imaging, in a setting convenient for you.
Once your gastroenterologist learns how a digestive disorder is affecting your life, you'll soon have a treatment and symptom-management plan designed specifically for you.
Digestive Conditions are Common
The National Commission on Digestive Diseases says digestive disorders affect between 60 and 70 million Americans every year. And each year, about 10 percent of hospitalizations and 15 percent of inpatient hospital procedures are attributed to the treatment of digestive diseases.
Among the gastrointestinal conditions HonorHealth specialists treat are acid reflux, heartburn, Barrett's esophagus, ulcers, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer, anemia or gastrointestinal bleeding, colitis, Crohn's disease, fatty liver, gallstones, hepatitis, and diseases of the pancreas.
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Endoscopy is a way of looking inside the body using a flexible tube that has a small camera on the end of it. This instrument is called an endoscope. A variety of endoscopic procedures allow specially trained doctors to see inside — and sometimes treat — parts of your digestive tract, lungs and pancreas without having to make an incision.
Endoscopy specialists, who include gastroenterologists, pulmonologists and surgeons, offer a wide range of minimally invasive tests to help determine the cause of:
- Abdominal pain.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Other related symptoms.
How the Procedure Works
An endoscope is passed through a natural body opening or small cut. For example, a gastrointestinal endoscope may be inserted through the mouth or anus. A laparoscope is inserted through small surgical cuts in the pelvic or belly area. In men, a urinary tract endoscope is passed through the opening of the urethra.
You'll be kept as comfortable as possible during your endoscopy. Before the test, you may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking, or you might need to take some medicine to clean your digestive tract. During the test, you might also receive medicine to help you relax or fall asleep.
Your insurance plan may require a referral from your primary care provider, please call our office and we can assist you with the referral if one is needed.