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Procedures

At Advanced Gastrointestinal Specialists, we have the experience and training to handle virtually any digestive problem. With decades of combined experience, our board-certified gastroenterologists perform advanced procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of complex GI conditions.

Before determining which gastrointestinal procedure your condition requires, our doctors will take the time to listen to your concerns and discuss your GI symptoms and history. So many independent factors can influence the digestive system, you need an expert to help interpret what is going on. That way you don’t have to wait to get the treatment you need.

Once your doctor has determined a course of treatment, he or she will review with you the patient instructions prior to undergoing a procedure.

Procedures our gastroenterologists perform include:

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is most frequently is used to screen men and women for colon polyps or colon cancer. It may also be used to diagnose other diseases of the large intestine and rectum. If you are 50 years of age and at normal risk for colorectal cancer, your doctor may recommend you have a colonoscopy every 10 years. If you have a higher risk of colorectal cancer (e.g., it runs in your family), your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing. Learn more about colonoscopy.

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

During an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, our doctors can diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Using an endoscope (a long, thin tube with a light and a viewing instrument) to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum (the first part of the small intestine), our doctors can examine the inside of the upper gastrointestinal tract for bleeding, tumors, polyps, diseases, and other abnormal conditions. This test is also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) or a gastroscopy.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the inside of the rectum and lower colon for cancer and polyps. It is also helpful for determining the cause of bleeding, pain, bowel obstruction, or changes in bowel habits. A sigmoidoscope is a thin tube that is about twenty inches long. It has a light and a viewing instrument that sends images to an eyepiece or a video monitor. It can also be used for taking photographs and/or obtaining tissue samples for examination.

Wireless Capsule Endoscopy (PillCam)

This small, ingestible capsule, also called PillCam™, contains a tiny video camera to help physicians diagnose a range of suspected conditions of the small intestine. After you swallow the capsule, it transmits images to a recording device strapped to your waist. The capsule makes its way through the 20-plus feet of small intestine, pinpointing causes of gastrointestinal symptoms.

The capsule takes two images per second of the lower intestine between the stomach and colon. The doctor then transfers the data from the recording device to a computer for review. The images are clear enough to detect abnormalities as small as one-tenth of a millimeter in size. The capsule is expelled naturally and is a disposable, onetime-use product.

Lactose, Fructose, and Hydrogen Breath Test

The hydrogen breath test (HBT) can indicate whether you have a lactose or fructose intolerance. The test measures the amount of certain gases produced in your breath after consuming a special drink containing the substance being tested. 

Advanced Treatments for GI Problems in South Jersey

For the GI experts in South Jersey, call our Voorhees, NJ office at (856) 772-1600, our Washington Township location at (856) 374-5822, or West Deptford at (856) 384-8282. You may also request an appointment online.

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