Digestive Health Center

Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC) offers a variety of services to benefit and care for your digestive health.

Services offered at MMCSC include:

Bronchoscopy is a procedure that uses a flexible lighted scope that is inserted through the nose and is gently passed down the throat into your upper and lower airways. A bronchoscopy is used to evaluate an abnormal chest x-ray or symptoms such as a persistent cough, hoarseness, shortness of breath or coughing up blood. During the bronchoscopy, your physician will examine your throat, vocal cords, trachea and lower airways. The procedure can be used to diagnose and treat problems in the airway and the lungs such as a growth or foreign body, take tissue and mucus samples and control bleeding.

Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to visualize the lining of your large intestine. It can be performed as part of a routine screening, for patients with known polyps or family history of polyps, to evaluate a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation, to evaluate bleeding, or to evaluate changes in the lining of the colon, also known as inflammatory disorders.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) is a procedure that uses a flexible lighted scope that is inserted through the mouth and is gently passed down the throat into the esophagus, stomach and the first part of your small intestine (duodenum) until it reaches the ampulla (the place where the common bile duct and pancreatic duct meet the small bowel). ERCP is used to evaluate symptoms such as persistent abdominal pain and jaundice. During the ERCP, your physician will place a cannula and inject contrast (dye) into the pancreatic duct, the bile duct or both. Using x-ray imaging, diseases of the liver, bile duct, or pancreas can be revealed. The procedure can be used to treat some diseases by removing stones from the ducts using instruments inserted through the scope, taking tissue samples, or opening a narrowed duct by inserting a plastic or metal tube (stent) through the scope into the duct.

Esophageal Dilatation is a procedure that is done to dilate or stretch a stricture, or narrowing, or your esophagus. Food feels like it gets “stuck” causing pain or discomfort. The most common cause of narrowing is scarring from acid reflux – less common causes are rings of excess tissue, radiation treatment scarring, cancer of the esophagus or a lack of esophageal movement. Esophageal Dilatation is usually done at the same time as an EGD, or upper endoscopy. There are several different techniques that can be used by your doctor to perform this procedure.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to examine the rectum and a portion of the colon (large intestine). A flexible scope is slowly advanced through the anus to the lower part of the colon.

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) is a procedure used to place a flexible feeding tube through the abdominal wall and into the stomach. This feeding tube allows nutrition, fluids, and/or medication to be put directly into the stomach instead of by mouth and esophagus. It is placed for those who have difficulty swallowing, problems with appetite, or inability to have adequate nutrition by mouth.

Upper Endoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that allows your doctor to visualize the lining of your esophagus, stomach and a portion of the small intestine known as the duodenum. It may be performed for patients with upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, reflux or difficulty swallowing. It is also the best test to determine the cause of bleeding from the upper GI Tract.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 732.886.4526.