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Gastroenterology Surgical Procedures at Our Los Angeles Center

At miVIP Surgery, our gastroenterological specialists offer treatments including minimally invasive procedures that allow patients to return to normal daily activities faster than most conventional treatments. A wide variety of conditions, both cancerous and non-cancerous, can affect a person's GI tract. Disorders that affect the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus and colon, can be particularly dangerous if left untreated. miVIP offers several minimally invasive, non-robotic gastroenterology procedures, including:

Colonoscopy: A colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). A thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope is used to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors and areas of inflammation or bleeding. During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected (biopsy) and abnormal growths can be taken out. Colonoscopy can also be used as a screening test to check for cancer or precancerous growths in the colon or rectum (polyps).

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD): An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at the interior lining of your esophagus, your stomach and the first part of your small intestine (duodenum) through a thin, flexible viewing instrument called an endoscope. The tip of the endoscope is inserted through your mouth and then gently moved down your throat into the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

Polypectomy: Colonic polypectomies are used to remove polyps from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract after they have been biopsied (sampled and tested) and determined to be cancerous. Though there are usually no obvious symptoms that come with colonic polyps, larger polyps can occasionally cause rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and irregular stools.

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