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Gastroenterology Procedures at Our Los Angeles Center

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Our miVIP gastroenterology specialists lead the field in minimally invasive endoscopic diagnostic tests and treatments. Our gastroenterology surgical team and compassionate support staff is fully accredited. They have extensive experience providing precise road maps to our minimally invasive bariatric surgeons before weight-loss surgeries, as well as performing crucial diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy. With thorough training and long experience with minimally invasive techniques and instruments, our miVIP gastroenterology physicians deliver the finest outcomes possible for patients suffering from gastrointestinal conditions.

The medical field of gastroenterology focuses on the study, diagnosis and treatment of digestive system conditions and disorders. A complex system, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a series of organs that take in food, digests it for energy and nutrients, and expels the waste. About 20 feet long, the GI tract is made up of the upper and lower GI tracts. The mouth, pharynx, esophagus, and stomach form the upper GI tract. The pharynx, which is behind the mouth and leads to the esophagus, is a muscular tube. The lower GI tract is made up of the small and large intestines, ending in the rectum or anus. Given such a complex system, a wide variety of conditions, both cancerous and non-cancerous, can affect the GI tract. Prompt diagnosis is crucial since disorders affecting the GI tract can be dangerous if left untreated.

Our miVIP GI specialists offer a range of non-robotic gastroenterological procedures including:

Colonoscopy is an examination of the small and large bowels using a camera on a small flexible tube (endoscope) passed through the anus.

EGD — Esophagogastroduodenoscopy: an examination of the upper GI tract using a camera on a small flexible tube passed through the mouth.

Polypectomy: the removal of GI polyps, usually during an endoscopic exam such as a colonoscopy.

Conditions

Gastroenterological surgery is used to treat a range of conditions, including, most commonly:

Gastrointestinal hemorrhage: blood loss between the upper and lower GI tracts.

Barrett’s esophagus: lining of the esophagus is damaged by stomach acid.

Celiac disease: lining of the small intestine is damaged and absorption of key nutrients is blocked.

Colonic polyps: extra tissue growth in the colon, which can be cancerous or non-cancerous.

Symptoms

Symptoms related to the gastrointestinal tract that may need to be treated surgically include:

  • Bloody stools
  • Inconsistent stools
  • Heartburn
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain
  • Obstruction
  • Bleeding from the rectum

If you would like more information about gastroenterological diagnostic testing and treatments offered by miVIP Surgery Centers, please 888-996-4847. You can also use our Contact Us form. One of our highly trained Patient Advocate staff will contact you at the time you indicate.

 
 

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