Seventy million people every day suffer from an issue in their digestive tract. Gastrointestinal problems have been on the rise and affect the entire digestive tract, from the esophagus to the colon and rectum, and include the liver, bile ducts, pancreas, and gallbladder. From diagnostic procedures to advanced treatments, East Tremont Medical Center in The Bronx, New York, offers a full range of care for digestive health. Call or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule your appointment today.
A gastroenterologist is a specialist in digestive diseases. Digestive health covers a wide variety of conditions and diseases. Common symptoms that bring a patient to a gastroenterologist include:
You may also seek a gastroenterologist for colon cancer screening. Colorectal cancer often begins as precancerous polyps that can be detected and removed during a colonoscopy. If you have any of the above symptoms or wish to have colon cancer screening, call the practice, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
All diagnoses for digestive disorders begin with your physician discussing your medical history and symptoms. Your physician may require several tests to reach a diagnosis. There are three main types of tests used by gastroenterologists:
Gastroenterology testing has varying degrees of invasiveness. A lab test may be as simple as breathing into a tube, while an endoscopic procedure may involve insertion of a camera into the stomach or colon.
Digestive issues can have serious health implications, and the qualified gastroenterologists at East Tremont Medical Center will determine the right test for your symptoms.
An endoscopy is a procedure used to examine your digestive tract without surgery. Your doctor uses an endoscope, which is a tube with an attached light and camera, to move through the digestive system, while the picture shows on a monitor screen. Endoscopies can focus on either the upper or lower gastrointestinal tract. An upper endoscopy views the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine. If you experience ulcers, difficulty swallowing, or digestive tract bleeding, you may need an upper endoscopy for a diagnosis.
A colonoscopy, an endoscopic procedure that targets the large intestine or colon, is recommended for all adults over 50 years of age to check for and remove polyps. Most colon cancers begin as colon polyps, which are small growths in the lining of the intestine. By identifying and removing colon polyps during a colonoscopy, their progression to cancer stops. Though not all polyps are cancerous, almost all colon cancers begin as polyps. Regular colonoscopies are instrumental in preventing colon cancer.
For symptoms relating to your digestive health or to schedule a colon cancer screening, use the online booking tool, or call the practice for an appointment today.