Comprehensive Gastroenterology Services
The gastroenterologists at Sacred Heart work in interdisciplinary teams using sophisticated technology to provide integrated delivery of care for patients. Procedures include colonoscopy, pull capsule endoscopy, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with ability for cholangioscopy, esophageal stenting, endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle aspiration and, most recently, radioablation treatment for Barrett’s esophagus.
In addition to standard endoscopic procedures, including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and sigmoidoscopy, Sacred Heart’s specialists also offer advanced endoscopic procedures. In many cases, these techniques provide improved options and diagnosis of a variety of digestive disorders affecting the GI tract.
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) combines endoscopy and ultrasound imaging technology to obtain high-quality images of the digestive tract and its adjacent structures. EUS is primarily used to detect suspected cancers and provide a more efficient staging of cancers than possible with other technology.
Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration gathers cells for analysis to detect abnormalities such as cancer. Under EUS guidance, a thin needle is advanced into organs or structures in the GI system and the aspirate is studied. Sacred Heart has the only gastroenterologist in the region who performs this advanced technique.
Esophageal Stenting treats obstruction of the digestive tract. Typically, stents are placed in the esophagus, colon or upper small bowel to relieve obstruction caused by esophageal, colon and pancreaticoduodenal cancers.
Barrett’s Esophagus is a precancerous condition that can lead to the development of high-grade dysplasia and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Treatment offered at Sacred Heart includes radiofrequency ablation of the tissue to eradicate the precancerous esophageal tissue. The technology is also available to treat patients with Watermelon Stomach, also known as GAVE (Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia).
Pill Capsule Endoscopy visualizes the small intestine via an ingestible capsule device equipped with a miniature video camera. Images and data are transmitted to a portable data recorder as the capsule passes through the digestive system.
Spyglass™ provides a direct intraluminal view of the biliary duct system and allows for optically guided biopsies. The device may reduce the need for exploratory surgery in the pancreatico-biliary system, including the hepatic ducts.