Gentle Video Colonoscopy in Southeast Georgia
The gastroenterologists at Digestive Disease Consultants assist the residents of southeast Georgia with digestive tract issues and disorders. One of the most common diagnostic screening tools is a video colonoscopy. In this procedure, a camera connected to a thin, flexible tube is inserted through the anus and moves through the colon to look for any polyps, tumors, inflammation, bleeding, ulcers or other problems. The doctor reviews the pictures and/or video during the procedure and can also take biopsies and remove polyps. It is possible to review the information at a later date to look closer to find the potential problem. This test is most commonly used as a screening for colon cancer as part of preventative measures, but it may also be used in those who have rectal bleeding or exhibit other symptoms that the doctor feels requires further examination.
What Is a Gastroscopy (Endoscopy)?
Another common diagnostic tool for gastroenterologists is a gastroscopy, also referred to as an endoscopy. This procedure uses a thin, flexible tube to send a camera into the body to check for any issues. It focuses on the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the upper part of the small intestine that is connected to the stomach). This procedure typically is used for patients who exhibit bleeding in the digestive tract, unexplained or severe vomiting, recurring heartburn and abdominal pain. It also has the ability to take biopsies and remove polyps. For example, those who are suspected to have celiac disease will undergo an endoscopy to take a biopsy of the small intestine to confirm the diagnosis.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you suffer from any discomfort or issue in your GI tract, including a swallowing disorder, then call Digestive Disease Consultants at 912-285-0877 to schedule an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists today. We also perform routine cancer screening for southeast Georgia residents.