The specialty of gastroenterology deals with the proper functioning and diseases that affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. The gastroenterologist at Manhattan Medical evaluates each patient carefully and treats a broad range of conditions so that patients can maintain good health and prevent further disease when possible.
Manhattan Medical has an on-site certified office-based surgery suite where screenings and procedures take place. This allows the gastroenterologist to perform up-to-date diagnostic and minimally invasive procedures in a way that is safe and convenient for patients.
The gastroenterologist at Manhattan Medical performs or can arrange the following procedures:
• Ambulatory 48 hour pH testing (BRAVO)
• Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
• Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
• Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
• Endoscopic celiac nerve block
• Flexible sigmoidoscopy
• Percutaneous gastrostomy tube placement (PEG)
• Reflux therapy
• Small bowel capsule endoscopy (pill camera)
• Upper and lower endoscopy (EGD)
While there are many conditions that can affect proper functioning of the gastrointestinal organs, following are some of the most common. Manhattan Medical provides treatment for all of these conditions as well as others related to the gastrointestinal organs.
Gastrointestinal cancer: can affect any portion of the gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach, liver, biliary system, pancreas, bowels and anus.
Colon polyps: a growth on the inside surface of the colon. Some colon polyps are non-cancerous while others turn into cancer over time.
Hepatitis: an inflammation of the liver that can lead to liver injury.
Gastroesophageal reflux (heart burn / acid reflux): usually caused by changes in the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach, which can cause damage to the esophagus.
Peptic ulcer disease: affects areas of the upper gastrointestinal tract that can cause pain, bleeding or perforation.
Colitis: swelling or inflammation of the large intestine that can cause diarrhea and bleeding.
Gallbladder and biliary tract disease: gallstones, tumors and cholecystitis.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a disorder of the intestinal tract that can cause discomfort, cramps, abdominal pain, and abnormal bowel movements.
Pancreatitis: and inflammation or infection of the pancreas.
If you have been diagnosed with or think you may have a gastrointestinal disorder or disease, please call Manhattan Medical today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.
K. Bednarek, MD