Northside's Advanced Center for GI Therapeutics offers a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) procedures to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of GI conditions.
Whether your procedure is a routine colon cancer screening or a procedure to diagnose and treat new GI symptoms, our team of gastroenterologists (physicians specializing in GI conditions) and GI nurses and techs are ready to collaborate with you and develop an individual plan of care. Other members of your interdisciplinary health care team, who work closely with the GI/Pulmonary Endoscopy Labs, may include anesthesiologists (doctors and anesthetists specializing in sedation and pain control), respiratory therapists, pharmacists, radiologists (doctors and technologists specializing in x-rays and special imaging like CT scans and MRIs), ostomy nurses, nutrition support and other hospital specialists.
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD or upper endoscopy) – This test allows the doctor to look inside the esophagus (swallowing tube), the stomach and the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum using a video image.
Ablation Therapy for Barrett’s Esophagus (BE) – Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which stomach acid backs up into your esophagus and damages it. If BE is left untreated, it could cause esophageal cancer. Ablation therapy typically uses heat or cold energy to destroy the damaged cells without harming healthy tissue, reducing the chance of cancer.
Colonoscopy – This test allows the doctor to look inside the colon (large intestine) using a video image.
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) – These techniques allow for the physicians to remove larger polyps or lesions in the GI tract.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatograpy (ERCP) – This test allows the doctor to look at the biliary system (pathways from the liver that drain bile), the gallbladder and the pancreas using a combination of video imaging and special x-rays.
Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Liver Biopsy (EUS-LB) – Using the specialized equipment allows the doctor to see the liver and take samples while monitoring the pathway using the live ultrasound images.
In addition to these common procedures, each of our Endoscopy Labs is able to treat many GI conditions at the time of the procedure such as stopping a stomach ulcer from bleeding, removing a colon polyp that may have turned into cancer if not found, or removing a blockage from the bile pathway that was causing pain and pancreatitis.
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) – These special endoscopy procedures provide the additional ability to use ultrasound imaging inside the GI and pulmonary structures to identify cancer in earlier stages or other abnormalities. Once early cancers or abnormalities are identified a treatment plan can be developed.
High Resolution Esophageal Manometry, Esophageal Impedence Studies and Esophageal pH Studies – These procedures help collect information about the strength and coordination of movements and acid levels from reflux in the esophagus.
Anorectal Manometry – This test measures how well the muscles that control bowel movements are working.