We offer consultations to patients to discuss their gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders. We offer telehealth visits which allow you to remotely visit with the physician. When you schedule your consultation, you will be asked to fill out a patient questionnaire. The physician will review this questionnaire as well as any laboratory and imaging tests that are relevant to your visit. During the consultation, your physician will ask you about your symptoms and clarify any questions that might arise about your medical history or other information on the questionnaire. Your physician will conclude by discussing with you his or her thoughts, impressions, and recommendations. A consultation letter will be sent to your primary care provider if applicable.
Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables your doctor to examine the lining of the colon, also known as the large intestine. Colonoscopy is typically done to screen for colon polyps and colon cancer or to search for an explanation of symptoms (e.g. rectal bleeding or diarrhea).
An instrument known as a colonoscope, a flexible tube about the thickness of your little finger, is used by the doctor during the colon examination. There is a light source and camera on the end of the colonoscope; the image is projected onto a video screen. Polyps can be removed with the colonoscope (colon polypectomy) and biopsies (tissue samples) can also be obtained. Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard test for screening for colon polyps and colon cancer. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes to perform. In preparation for a colonoscopy, a colon prep or cleansing solution is administered prior to the procedure to clear the colon of all fecal matter in order to optimally visualize the lining of the colon. An intravenous medication known as Propofol is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure a painless experience.
Upper endoscopy is a procedure that enables your physician to examine the lining of the upper GI tract that includes the throat, esophagus, stomach, and beginning of the small intestine (duodenum). Endoscopy is typically done to diagnose and treat conditions of the upper GI tract such as nausea, abdominal pain or GI bleeding.
The instrument is known as an endoscope and it is a flexible tube about the thickness of a pencil. There is a light source and camera on the end of the endoscope; the image is projected onto a video screen. While the patient is sedated, the endoscope is inserted into the mouth and advanced to the duodenum. Biopsies (tissue samples) can be obtained and treatment of active bleeding can be done. The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes .An intravenous medication known as Propofol is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure a painless experience.
Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of your small intestine. The camera is contained inside a vitamin-sized capsule that you swallow. As the capsule travels through your small intestine, the camera takes a video of the lining of your small intestine. Capsule endoscopy helps your doctor see inside your small intestine — an area that isn’t easily reached with conventional endoscopy.
Capsule endoscopy is used to help diagnose conditions that can affect the small intestine, for example obscure GI bleeding, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, or tumors.
Hemorrhoid banding is a nonsurgical approach to treating hemorrhoids that is performed in our office. When over-the-counter remedies including fiber supplementation and hemorrhoidal ointments have failed, hemorrhoid banding is the next step in treatment of hemorrhoids. No colon cleanse, enemas, fasting or sedation is required. A rubber band is placed on the hemorrhoidal vein with a device known as a ligator; the ligator is the size of a finger. The procedure is painless as the rubber band is placed in an area of the lower rectum that is free of pain nerves. The rubber band falls off after a week and leaves behind a flattened hemorrhoidal vein. Typically, three treatments are required as there are three main hemorrhoids within the rectum.