Digestive Tests & Procedures
From simple procedures to minimally invasive surgery, Silver Cross offers a wide range of treatments for patients with digestive diseases. Most are performed on an outpatient basis, which means you’ll be home the same day and back to your regular life in no time.
Recommended once you reach 45 years of age, colonoscopies help diagnose cancer, ulcers, tumors, areas of inflammation, or bleeding. You’ll be sedated the entire time, and the test usually takes between 15 minutes to one hour to complete. You’ll wake up in one of our comfortable, private pre-post procedure rooms before being discharged, usually on the same day as the procedure.
Double Balloon Enteroscopy
If you’ve seen your doctor for persistent bleeding, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or anemia, he/she might recommend a double balloon enteroscopy. This test allows for a thorough examination of your small bowels. DBE takes between 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete. You might experience a sore throat, bloating, nausea, or minor bleeding, but it usually subsides between 12 to 24 hours.
For upper digestive issues, an EGD-Upper endoscopy can see if you have ulcers, inflammation, tumors, an infection, or bleeding in the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine. The doctor can collect tissue samples for a biopsy if needed, polyps are removed, and bleeding is treated, all during this procedure.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer in your throat, pancreas or rectum, an endoscopic ultrasound can help determine the right treatment options such as surgery.
When chemotherapy or radiation isn’t an option, enteral stenting can help improve your quality of life. The small mesh stents help treat blockages caused by cancer in the throat, small intestine, and colon.
If you’ve experienced severe abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), and/or weight loss, your doctor might recommend an ERCP procedure. ERCP stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. This outpatient test can diagnose and treat issues found in your gallbladder, bile duct, and pancreas. Your doctor can even remove stones, insert a stent, or get a tissue sample if needed all during the test.
If you’ve experienced severe acid reflux, and medication no longer works, your doctor might suggest a LINX procedure. This revolutionary solution can relieve acid reflux for your entire life. A small beaded “bracelet” is placed around the base of your throat near the stomach to prevent reflux from occurring.
Sphincter of Oddi Manometry
ERCP with Sphincter of Oddi Manometry is an endoscopic procedure used to take X-ray pictures of the ducts (drainage routes) of the gallbladder, liver and pancreas and obtain pressures of the muscle called the sphincter of oddi. This procedure may be recommended by your physician because of unexplained abnormal liver tests or upper abdominal pain; after your gallbladder has been removed, or in conditions of recurrent unexplained pancreatitis.
Therapeutic Colonoscopy/Polyp Removal
During the colonoscopy, polyps, benign tumors which may have the potential to become malignant, may be found. Sometimes, a thin wire snare is used to lasso the polyp and electrocautery (electrical heat) is applied to painlessly remove it. If a tissue sample (biopsy) was collected during the procedure, it will be sent to the lab where it is examined for evidence of certain diseases.
Another solution to GERD, the transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) procedure is done without making any incisions, which means you’ll have a faster recovery time and fewer side effects. Similar to LINX, the TIF procedure repairs the valve at the end of the esophagus to prevent acid from the stomach from refluxing back into the throat.