Procedures & Tests

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The foremost diagnostic “test” for any condition is a thorough exam and consultation with a physician, including a review of your individual and family history. Your doctor will use this information to determine if your symptoms may improve with simple lifestyle changes or require additional tests or procedures to confirm or rule out a specific diagnosis. From simple breath tests to diagnose lactose intolerance to advanced endoscopic procedures for the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus, Capital Digestive Care provides the expertise and resources you need to return to a healthy quality of life.

Procedures

Anoscopy

An anoscopy is an examination of the anus using a small, rigid, tubular instrument called an anoscope. Anoscopy is used to evaluate and diagnose problems of the anal canal, such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures (tears in the lining of the anus) and some cancers. ...Read More about Anoscopy...

Cologuard

Recently the United States Preventive Services Task Force included the Cologuard (DNA) test in the U.S. colorectal cancer screening guidelines. Cologuard is a stool DNA test that looks for certain abnormalities caused by DNA mutations, which are often present in colorectal cancers or polyps. Cells from these cancers or polyps often get into the stool, where a test such as Cologuard can detect them. Who should consider screening with ...Read More about Cologuard...

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a visual examination of the entire large intestine (colon) using a lighted, flexible colonoscope that screens for colon polyps and colon cancer. To be certain you are comfortable and relaxed during your colonoscopy, you will be sedated through an I.V. In fact, most patients are asleep during the entire process and remember little to nothing about it. ...Read More about Colonoscopy...

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) enables your physician to diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. ERCP is used primarily to diagnose and treat conditions of the bile ducts, including gallstones, narrowing or strictures (scars), leaks (from trauma and surgery), and cancer; as well as the pancreas, including stones, narrowing or strictures, and cancer. ERCP combines the use of x-rays and an endoscope, which is a long, flexible, ...Read More about Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)...

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the sigmoid colon and rectum. Flexible sigmoidoscopy can detect inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcers. The procedure is used to look for early signs of colon cancer and to help your doctor diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, and weight loss. ...Read More about Flexible Sigmoidoscopy...

Hemorrhoid Treatment

About half of all adults over 50 have hemorrhoids. Traditionally, treatment included creams or topical treatments, which provide temporary relief, or surgery to remove them, which can be painful with long recovery times. Today, hemorrhoids can be permanently treated on a non-surgical, outpatient basis. Infrared Coagulation (IRC) is a procedure in which infrared light is applied to the vessels that provide the hemorrhoids with blood, coagulating the blood and causing the ...Read More about Hemorrhoid Treatment...

Infusion Therapy

Remicade®, Humira®, Cimzia® and Tysabru® are prescription medications given by injection to reduce the signs and symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, specifically moderate to severe cases of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Typically, these treatments are recommended for adults who have not responded well to conventional treatments or who have aggressive disease. These medications may be given alone, or in combinations with other medications. ...Read More about Infusion Therapy...

Liver Biopsy

A liver biopsy is a procedure to obtain a sample of liver tissue so it can be examined with a microscope for signs of damage or disease. A liver biopsy is performed when a liver problem is difficult to diagnose with blood tests or imaging techniques, such as ultrasound, CT scan or MRI. Typically, a liver biopsy is performed to confirm a diagnosis or to estimate the degree of liver ...Read More about Liver Biopsy...

SmartPill

The SmartPill is a single-use, ingestible capsule that measures critical information as it travels through the digestive tract, allowing a physician to evaluate unexplained gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or vomiting without radiation or sedation. The SmartPill is administered at a physician’s office, where it is swallowed naturally by the patient. After ingesting the capsule, patients are able to resume most of their normal ...Read More about SmartPill...

Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD)

An upper endoscopy procedure, also referred to as an EGD, can help detect and evaluate certain digestive conditions, including GERD and celiac disease. The procedure typically takes 10 to 20 minutes, during which you will be sedated to prevent you from feeling any discomfort. The experience is similar to taking a restful nap and many patients have no memory of the procedure. During the procedure, your physician will insert an endoscope (a ...Read More about Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD)...

Video Capsule Endoscopy (PillCam)

Video capsule endoscopy (often referred to as the PillCam) enables your doctor to examine your entire small intestine, a part of the bowel that is difficult to reach through the upper GI tract and cannot be reached by colonoscopy, using a pill-sized video device that has its own camera and light source. Most commonly, video capsule endoscopy is used to search for the cause of bleeding from the small intestine. ...Read More about Video Capsule Endoscopy (PillCam)...

Tests

GI Pathogen Panel Stool Test

The GI pathogen panel stool test is a highly-specialized laboratory test that is capable of rapidly detecting 22 different kinds of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms responsible for causing disease in the GI tract. This test helps a physician to diagnose the cause of abdominal symptoms, most commonly diarrhea, more accurately and efficiently than traditional testing. ​ Who should be screened with the GI pathogen panel stool test? Typically a doctor would ...Read More about GI Pathogen Panel Stool Test...

Hydrogen Breath Test for Lactose Intolerance

A hydrogen breath test provides information about the digestion of certain sugars or carbohydrates, such as milk sugar (lactose) or fruit sugar (fructose). This will help determine if you are intolerant to certain sugars. One example is the use of this test to detect lactose intolerance, a disorder in which people have symptoms due to the inability to digest lactose, a substance in many foods including milk and ice cream. ...Read More about Hydrogen Breath Test for Lactose Intolerance...