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Digestive Disease Procedures

In our ongoing commitment to meet the needs of a growing community, Shelby Baptist Medical Center remains attuned to new innovations and technology for the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases.

VIO APC2/Electrosurgical System 

VIO APC2/Electrosurgical System provides new technology with increased precision to perform delicate procedures to correct abnormalities of the GI tract. 

Bravo pH Monitoring System

The Bravo pH monitoring procedure adds a new resource for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). With this innovative technology, physicians attach a gel cap-sized capsule to the patient's esophagus to monitor acidity levels. Placing the capsule takes only takes a few minutes and most patients experience far less discomfort than with the traditional catheter procedure. Most importantly, the Bravo procedure does not interfere with a patient's daily activities; consequently, study results obtained with the Bravo system are more representative of the patient's normal activities.  Further, because 48 hours of data can be recorded, more data is available to the physician. The capsule transmits the pH readings to a pager-sized data recorder worn at the patient's waist. After 48 hours, the monitoring capsule releases from the esophagus and passes naturally from the body.

Colonoscopy

The colon prep is a very important part of your colonoscopy. Since your physician will actually be visualizing your colon, having a clean colon will assist your physician while searching for any abnormalities.  If you have questions about the prep, don't hesitate to ask our staff or your physician.  IF YOU ARE DIABETIC OR ON BLOOD THINNERS, PLEASE BE SURE TO ASK ABOUT SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS.

Esophageal Manometry 

This outpatient procedure measures the strength and function of the esophagus.  After the patient's nose and throat are numbed, a thin tube is placed through the nose and down the esophagus.  Results can help identify causes of heartburn, swallowing difficulties or chest pain.  The test, which takes about an hour, also can help in the planning of surgery or determining the success of a previous surgery.

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Also called EGD, esophagogastroduodenoscopy or panendoscopy, this procedure examines the esophagus, stomach and duodenum for any abnormalities of the upper digestive tract.  Medication is given to help the patient relax before the physician inserts a small, lighted flexible tube to examine the upper digestive tract. 

Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy using the PillCamTM

This procedure examines the small intestine for possible causes of recurring or persistent symptoms, such as abdominal pain, bleeding or diarrhea as well as other information.  With this innovative outpatient procedure, patients ingest a vitamin pill-sized video capsule, which has its own camera and light source.  During the eight-hour exam, patients are free to move about.  As the capsule travels through the body, it sends images to a data recorder worn on a waist belt.  After the procedure, the capsule passes naturally from the body. The images acquired during the exam will be processed to produce a color video for review by a physician. 

Other procedures performed in the Digestive Disease Center include:   

  • Bronchoscopy - performed by pulmonologists

  • ERCP - Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography

  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy 

 

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