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
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.
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