Problems of the digestive tract are no picnic. They can be painful, persistent and even dangerous. And in addition to being essential to your overall health, your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a complex anatomical network that requires highly specialized medical care. It also demands attention and commitment to your individual needs... and to resolving your problem at its source.
At Southwestern Gastrointestinal Specialists in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, we address your digestive concerns with the skill, experience, and the warmth and commitment you deserve. Regardless of your problem, we meet it with complete, leading-edge gastroenterology services delivered by a team of caring, dedicated and board-certified GI specialists and other highly trained, dedicated GI professionals.
Since 1990, we have performed tens of thousands of procedures, introduced many new capabilities to the area and have earned the trust of thousands of patients and their doctors. Today, we are known for our skill, our comprehensive services and our availability, responsiveness, and efficiency. From our state-of-the-art endoscopy center to our warmth and compassion, we do things differently. Because we are dedicated to your best digestive health... and to getting you back to living your life.
Our state of the art ambulatory surgery center is accredited by the AAAHC (Accredidation Association of Ambulatory Health Care) and certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Medicare.
Endoscopy, which means "looking inside," is a vital tool in the evaluation of gastrointestinal (GI) problems and detection of colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps. At its most basic, endoscopy is the direct visualization of the GI tract using specialized cameras. But excellent endoscopy goes beyond the basics, especially concerning quality of care and your safety, privacy and convenience.
Two procedures are primarily performed at SWEC:
Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD) examines the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.
Colonoscopy examines the large intestine (colon) and rectum.
During both procedures a lighted flexible tube with a video camera at its tip is inserted into the digestive tract. Patients are given twilight sedation making these procedures painless.
A state-of-the-art freestanding facility, Southwestern Endoscopy Center in Uniontown, PA, is setting the standard for high-quality, patient-focused care by doing things differently. For diagnostic accuracy, our highly trained specialists offer comprehensive care using the most modern tools. Our protocols and policies were designed to maximize your safety, privacy and comfort. Also, our sole focus on GI endoscopy maximizes our accuracy and efficiency and lets you get in - and out - quickly. And as a freestanding center, and because of our commitment to excellence, we offer fewer hassles, greater convenience and more personalized care.
Today, Southwestern Endoscopy Center is the area's only freestanding facility dedicated solely to gastrointestinal endoscopy... and to the highest standards of professionalism, efficiency, privacy and up-to-date capabilities.
If you have symptoms that do not go away, such as heartburn, vomiting or belly pain, your doctor may recommend an upper endoscopy. An upper endoscopy is also known as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). It is a test that enables doctors to examine the upper digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (upper part of the small intestine). Doctors perform an EGD using an endoscope, which is a long, flexible tube with a camera and light at its tip. The doctor carefully guides the endoscope through the mouth and down the throat to view the upper digestive tract.
Colonoscopy is a procedure which enables a gastroenterologist to directly examine the colon and rectum. Colonoscopy is used to diagnose colon polyps, colon cancer, diverticulosis, inflamatory bowel disease, and internal hemorrhoids. Colonoscopy helps to evaulate problems such as rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, constipation, diarhea, and unexplained abdominal pain. It is also used for screening for colon cancer screening and prevention, as it allows for the removal of precancerous polyps.
The Southwestern Endoscopy Center is known for top quality care. We continuously monitor important quality metrics for our gastroenterologists through the GIQuIC data registry. The most important measurement is the adenoma detection rate which checks how often a GI physician identifies one or more precancerous polyps during a screening colonoscopy. The graph below shows that our team far exceeded the national standard, in 2021.
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