Our gastrointestinal team of specialists are experienced experts in the treatment of GI diseases. With our advanced GI lab, we’re able to offer diagnostic, preventive procedures and treatments that can comprehensively care for digestive diseases.
GI Diagnostic Procedures
When you’re having GI difficulties, you want answers and a treatment plan quickly, so you can get back to your life. We offer a wide range of diagnostic procedures in our GI lab to identify how to best treat your problem. These can range from blood and stool testing, X-rays, CT scans, MRI, ultrasounds, barium swallow and colonoscopies.
An endoscopy is a procedure that uses an endoscope to examine the digestive tract. An endoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument with a light and a camera lens at the end. It may also have a tool that removes tissue to be examined under a microscope for signs of disease.
Our advanced GI lab is equipped for many of these state-of-the-art screens, which include upper GI endoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).
Colon cancer is one of the most common — and preventable — types of cancers in both men and women. If you’re 50 or older, it’s important to get a colonoscopy. If you have a family history of the disease or certain conditions affecting the colon, you may need to get this important exam earlier. Should your test have an abnormal result, Christian Hospital has the experienced team you need to offer further treatment.
Should a colonoscopy reveal polyps, which are growths on the inner walls of the large intestine and colon, our gastroenterology will investigate further, as these growths can cause colon cancer. Treatment for colon polyps consists of removing the polyp(s) from the colon. Colon polyps can be removed with an endoscope. After the polyps have been removed they are examined under a microscope to determine whether or not they are cancerous. If colon cancer is present, the oncology team at Christian Hospital team will be ready to personalize a treatment plan.
Christian Hospital and Northwest HealthCare, members of BJC HealthCare, provide world-class medical care to the communities of North County, Greater St. Louis County and Southern Illinois.