General ServicesOur team of team of highly-skilled gastroenterologists provides a wide range of medical services to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of stomach, colon and digestive health conditions. All procedures are performed in the endoscopy department at Salem Regional Medical Center. Services and procedures performed include (but are not limited to):
Treatment of:Crohn's Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Procedures:Colonoscopy: A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure in which the inside of the large intestine (colon and rectum) is examined. A colonoscopy is commonly used to evaluate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as rectal and intestinal bleeding, abdominal pain or changes in bowel habits. Colonoscopies are also performed in individuals without symptoms to check for colorectal polyps or cancer. A screening colonoscopy is recommended for anyone 50 years of age and older, and for anyone with parents, siblings or children with a history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
Endoscopy: An endoscopy is a minimally invasive, diagnostic medical procedure and alternative to surgery to remove foreign objects from the gastrointestinal tract. An endoscopy involves examining the inside of a patient's body using an endoscope, which is a medical device consisting of a long, thin, flexible (or rigid) tube, in addition to a light and a video camera. Images of the inside of the patient's body can be seen on a digital screen and reviewed by a gastroenterologist.
Video Capsule Endoscopy: Capsule endoscopy - commonly referred to as "pill cam" - is a diagnostic procedure that enables a gastroenterologist to examine three portions of a patient's small intestine using a tiny camera the size of a large vitamin pill. The video capsule is swallowed and as it travels through the body, images are sent to a data recorder worn on a waist belt.
Spyglass™ Technology for gallstones: Spyglass™ technology uses a small flexible tube, called an endoscope, with a light and a video camera, which can be steered in four directions through a special catheter. A fiber optic probe attaches to the camera head and is designed to allow a gastroenterologist to access and inspect all four quadrants of the treatment area. The new technology is able to enter tiny areas, such as bile ducts, where larger scopes can't go. As a result, physicians are able to achieve a more accurate diagnosis for patients.
ERCP to examine liver, gallbladder, bile ducts & pancreas: This is a diagnostic procedure that allows the doctor to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. The procedure combines X-ray and the use of an endoscope-a long, flexible, lighted tube. The scope is guided through the patient's mouth and throat, then through the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). The doctor can examine the inside of these organs and detect any abnormalities. A tube is then passed through the scope, and a dye is injected which will allow the internal organs to appear on an X-ray.