Patient Education


Patient Education

Common reasons for seeing a gastroenterologist include:


  • Family History of Colon Cancer
  • Mal-absorption           
  • Cirrhosis
  • Abnormal CT scan or Ultrasound
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Weight Loss
  • Screening for Colon Cancer
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Anemia
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Abdominal Pain           
  • Hepatitis
  • Abnormal Liver Tests
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Heart Burn
  • Abnormal Pancreatic Enzymes
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Acid Reflux
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding





What is a Colonoscopy?


A colonoscopy is a procedure which allows a doctor to view inside the large intestine. The doctor inserts a colonoscope, a thin, flexible tube that can takes pictures of the colon and rectum during the procedure. This allows the physician to thoroughly examine the colon for any abnormalities such as polyps and also take biopsies. A colonoscopy is administered in order to detect early signs of colon cancer. It is also useful to identify causes of unexplained symptoms such as abdominal pain, abnormal bowel habits, rectal bleeding, and weight loss.


What is an Upper Endoscopy (EGD)?


An upper endoscopy or EGD is a procedure which allows a physician to view inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (beginning of the small intestine). This procedure is administered using an endoscope which is similar to a colonoscope but shorter and thinner. An EGD is used to identify causes of unexplained symptoms including nausea, vomiting, reflux, indigestion, abdominal pain, chest pain, and dysphasia (difficulty swallowing).


What is an ERCP?

An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography or ERCP allows a physician to identify and treat problems involving the biliary tree, and pancreatic systems. The biliary tree is the path through which bile is secreted and transported from the liver to the duodenum, or small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes that also flow into the small intestine. Both bile and enzymes are vital to digestion. Using a side-viewing endoscope, the doctor injects a dye into the bile and pancreatic ducts making their image visible on an x-ray. This procedure is used mainly to diagnose and treat stones in the bile duct and tumors involving the bile ducts and pancreas.


To learn more about


  • What a colonoscopy is and why you might need to get one
  • The ways to prepare for and recover from a colonoscopy
  • Answers to common and uncommon questions


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