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Comprehensive procedures correct digestive problems

When you have stomach pain or a digestive problem that is impacting your life, it's comforting to know that the gastroenterology specialists at East Valley Gastroenterology & Hepatology Associates have vast expertise and experience with today's most advanced, most effective procedures, including:
  • Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is a procedure in which your physician introduces a highly specialized engineered imaging scope into the lower gastrointestinal tract. Colonoscopy is used to both diagnose and treat maladies of the rectum, colon, and the last portion of the small intestine (ileum). It is most commonly used for the evaluation and removal of colon polyps for the prevention of colon cancer.  It is also commonly utilized to assess for sources of abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other digestive issues. Click here for procedure instructions
  • Upper Endoscopy (EGD): Using a slightly different type of imaging scope this technique allows us to look into the upper gastrointestinal tract to assess for problems afflicting the esophagus, stomach, and the first parts of the small intestines. Common problems diagnosed or treated with this procedure include swallowing problems, heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, ulcers, infections, and autoimmune/allergic disorders. Click here for procedure instructions
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): ERCP is most commonly used in the hospital setting for treating patients with disorders of the bile and pancreatic ducts. Gallstones which travel into and obstruct the bile ducts are the most common reasons for this intervention.  Other reasons for this procedure include evaluating and treating benign and malignant blockages, infections, and other abnormalities of the bile ducts. Click here for procedure instructions
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS): EUS is a specialized technique used to evaluate, sample, and treat specific problems of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, bile ducts, and pancreas. It utilizes an ultrasound device on the tip of an upper endoscope to assess and sample abnormalities which may be otherwise difficult to locate and biopsy. This technique may allow us to confirm abnormalities seen on more traditional imaging studies such as CAT scan or MRI. It may also provide the opportunity to confirm abnormalities seen during colonoscopy or upper endoscopy
  • Hemorrhoid Banding: The technique of hemorrhoid banding  is to apply a rubber band or bands to the internal hemorrhoids by means of a specially designed applicator. It is the internal hemorrhoids, which cause most of the hemorrhoid-associated bleeding. This technique is commonly performed by some of our physicians during colonoscopy. Click here for procedure instructions
  • Infrared Coagulation of Hemorrhoids (IRC):  Internal hemorrhoids can also be treated with IRC. This office-based technique uses pulses of infrared energy to promote scarring and shrinkage of the internal hemorrhoids. Most patients report minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. A few visits scheduled weeks apart may be needed to achieve the desired results.
  • Barrett’s Ablation: This is a procedure which utilizes radiofrequency energy applied during an upper endoscopy to ablate an abnormal precancerous lining of the esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus is this precancerous lining which can result from years of untreated acid reflux. Not all patients with Barrett’s esophagus require ablation, but those with advanced disease now have a more definitive treatment option.
  • Capsule Enteroscopy: The “pill camera” uses microelectronic technology to get images of the small intestine. The “pill camera” is the size of a large vitamin and once swallowed takes 2 pictures per second for 6 to 8 hours. These pictures are transmitted to a receiver which is worn by the patient as they go about their day. Upon their return the receiver is downloaded to a computer and the images are watched like a movie by the physician. This technology allows us to get clear images of the small intestine and look for sources of pain, inflammation, and bleeding which would otherwise be difficult to find with standard scopes. Click here for procedure instructions

For more on these procedures, call East Valley Gastroenterology & Hepatology Associates at 480.786.6655 or use our online form to schedule your consultation.

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