Advanced GI Diagnostics & Therapies - ERCP, APC, GERD & Ultroid® Hemorrhoid Treatment

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Advanced GI Diagnostics & Therapies

Like any medical specialty, gastroenterology continues to advance and change, which improves your patients' GI care. At Southwestern Gastrointestinal Specialists and Southwestern Endoscopy Center, we take pride in staying at the forefront of GI medicine. This includes offering the most up-to-date and effective techniques.

ERCP enables diagnosis & treatment of pancreaticobiliary problems.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography allows us to diagnose and treat disorders of the bile and pancreatic ducts, including gallstones, inflammatory strictures and cancer. If the contrast-assisted X-rays show abnormalities, we're able to remove stones or stent obstructions. ERCP also permits tissue sampling to help determine if a stricture is benign or malignant.

Argon-plasma coagulation (APC) treats GI bleeding.

To control bleeding from GI lesions or to debulk certain GI tumors, we can direct a jet of plasma though an endoscopic probe, then electrically heat the gas to coagulate the lesion. APC does not involve direct contact with the lesion and results in shallow coagulation of just a few millimeters, making it safe and useful for treating bleeding where the GI tract has thin walls.

Diagnosing GERD definitively with Bravo™ pH monitoring.

True GERD can often be difficult to diagnose. The esophageal appearance at EGD in many cases is normal for patients who suffer from heartburn, atypical chest pain or reflux-induced coughing. Today, esophageal pH monitoring is the "gold standard" for diagnosing subtle GERD. Bravo pH monitoring involves endoscopically clipping a tiny radiotelemetric probe to the lower esophagus. The probe then measures esophageal pH every 20 seconds for a period of 48 hours. Computerized interpretation of this data provides high sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing acid reflux disease.

In-office Remicade® infusion improves outcomes for IBD.

Remicade is a monoclonal antibody directed against tumor necrosis factor, a primary cause of inflammation in patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Infusion of Remicade typically takes two hours and is administered in the comfort and convenience of our infusion center, where patients sit restfully and can watch television, converse, read, knit, etc. Remicade is FDA-approved for acute and long-term treatment of IBD, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

Ultroid® Hemorrhoid Treatment

The Ultroid system is a non-invasive, painless alternative to hemorrhoid surgery that can be performed in a doctor's office. It is quick, requires no anesthesia, no preparation and offers most patients rapid relief. It has been proven safe and effective for over 20 years.

Esophageal Motility & Impedence Testing

Esophageal motility & impedence testing is used to evaluate patients who have difficulty with the normal function of the esophagus. This includes those patients who have difficulty swallowing, non-cardiac chest pain and medication refractory acid reflux.

At Southwestern Gastrointestinal Specialists in Uniontown, PA, we welcome your inquiries about our leading-edge techniques as well as any other GI topics. And of course, we welcome your referrals. Call us today! 724-437-7677