Procedures and Treatments for All of Your Gastroenterology Needs
The team at Hamilton Endoscopy & Surgery Center are committed to providing the highest quality of care by combining advanced medical knowledge to diagnose and treat a full spectrum of gastrointestinal conditions and diseases with innovations in colonoscopy, endoscopy, and other screening and diagnostic techniques.
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Conditions We Treat
Acid reflux happens when contents from your stomach move up into your esophagus (the long tube that’s responsible for moving food from the throat to the stomach). It causes an uncomfortable burning sensation.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation or liver damage. It spreads through contact with an infected person’s blood and can be either acute (short-term) or chronic. Most cases of hepatitis C are curable with the use of proper medications. To prevent liver damage, which could include cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer, it is important to get diagnosed and treated early.
Hemorrhoids are inflamed veins that appear around the anus or lower rectum. Internal hemorrhoids are in the lining of the anus and rectum, while external hemorrhoids are under the skin outside the anus. Common hemorrhoidal symptoms include bleeding, itching, protrusion, pain and sensitive lumps. Treatments can vary from adding fiber to your diet to over-the-counter pain medications and topical treatments to medical procedures that remove the hemorrhoids.
Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion is a general feeling of discomfort in the upper abdomen that can include a combination of symptoms such as pain, a burning sensation, feeling full too soon while eating or feeling too full after eating. It can have many causes, and the treatment depends on the cause. Treatment may include diet or lifestyle changes, medication, or psychological therapy.
Diseases that cause swelling and irritation of the digestive tract, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are called inflammatory bowel diseases. Symptoms can include pain, diarrhea, weight loss, the appearance of blood in the stool, or fever. Treatments depend on the type of disease.
When the bowel is not functioning properly, causing symptoms such as pain, constipation or diarrhea, but there is no evidence of disease or damage to the digestive tract, it is called IBS. This syndrome can range from irritating to debilitating and may be accompanied by other functional disorders such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pelvic, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Treatment may include diet or lifestyle changes, medication, or psychological therapy.
There are a variety of conditions that affect the liver, which cleans the blood in your body. When the liver does not function properly, and is unable to maintain balance in the bloodstream, it may cause many health problems. Cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, and hemochromatosis are some examples of liver disease. Yellowing of the skin, called jaundice, may be an indicator of problems with the liver.
People who have pain or difficulty when swallowing (dysphagia) may be unable to take in nutrients or attain proper hydration. This can also cause respiratory issues if food enters the lungs instead of heading toward the stomach. Swallowing disorders could be caused by neurological problems, malformations of the esophagus, motility problems (muscular issues preventing food from moving down through the esophagus), and allergies. They could also be a consequence of head and neck surgery. Chronic coughing, choking while eating, or an inability to keep food down could be signs and symptoms of a swallowing disorder.
Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among men and women. It is a disease of the large intestine. Rectal cancer is cancer that affects the last few inches of the colon. Together, these are referred to as colorectal cancers. Colon cancer screening may enable doctors to diagnose various colon cancers in their early stages. Screening tests for colon cancer are extremely important for detecting the premalignant form of cancer (polyps) as well as early stages of colon cancers which may be removed completely for a cure. Screening and diagnostic testing may include some or all of the following:
- Physical examinations
- Blood tests
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Double-contrast barium enema
- CT colonography
A thin, flexible, lighted tube with a small video camera on the end is put into the rectum to view it as well as the entire colon. Abnormalities that are detected can be biopsied or removed.
Gastroenterologists use the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment, including high-definition scopes, to get extremely clear views of the digestive tract in order to diagnose and detect any abnormal growths. By detecting these as early as possible, these problematic growths may be removable before they become cancerous.
In an enteroscopy, doctors examine the small intestine, including the jejunum and ileum. Noninvasive imaging with computed tomography (CT) scanning technology and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be used, or a gastroenterologist may use wireless capsule endoscopy. If necessary, an endoscopic procedure may be performed.
Esophageal dilation is a procedure that uses a special tool to stretch out a narrowed area of the esophagus that may be preventing you from swallowing or preventing food from moving downward into the stomach. It may be performed using a local anesthetic to relax the throat, or under sedation during an endoscopy.
To find the source of abnormal bowel movements or rectal bleeding, a thin, flexible, lighted tube with a small video camera on the end is put into the rectum to view it and the lower part of the colon. If an abnormality is seen, it can be biopsied or removed. Flexible sigmoidoscopy can also be used to screen for colon cancer.
Treatment for hemorrhoids can be as simple as making changes to your diet or applying topical treatments. Symptoms caused by internal hemorrhoids can often be relieved by quick, effective and relatively painless office procedures such as rubber band ligation, in which a tight elastic band is secured by a doctor around the base of the hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. The hemorrhoid withers and falls off within about a week, and the scar tissue that is formed prevents new hemorrhoids from forming in the same spot.
This quick and painless treatment uses radiation energy to stop the blood supply to a hemorrhoid. This causes the hemorrhoid to disappear. Scar tissue formed where the hemorrhoid had been prevents new hemorrhoids from forming in the same spot.
Have questions about Routine Screening or a Gastrointestinal Condition?
Whether you need an endoscopy, colonoscopy, seek hemorrhoid treatment, or are in need of routine colon cancer screening, we are here to provide you with the best treatment options for your condition.