The new Digestive Health Center is located on the campus of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Maps and directions are available here.
Gastroenterologists are physicians with specialized training in understanding and treating the diseases of the digestive system (the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder -- also called the gastrointestinal, or GI system).
The gastroenterology team here at the Digestive Health Center has the special facilities and training to conduct sophisticated tests (see list below) to diagnose digestive problems, and to help you and your physician to determine the best way to treat your symptoms.
Procedure Preparation Instructions:
Colyte and Golytely Preparation *
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General Information - Endoscopy *
General Information - Colonoscopy *
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Some of the Procedures Performed in the Digestive Health Center:
- Capsule Endoscopy uses a miniature camera inside a pill-sized capsule to examine all parts of the small intestine, looking for bleeding sites or tumors.
- Colonoscopy: an examination of the colon using a soft, flexible fiber-optic instrument through which biopsies and polyp removal can also be performed.
- EGD (Upper Endoscopy). This procedure uses a soft, flexible fiber-optic instrument to examine the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum; a number of therapies can be performed with this instrument as well.
- Electrogastrography is a method for measuring the electrical rhythms of the stomach. These measurements, called electrogastrograms (EGGs), are similar to EKGs for the heart and EEGs for the brain's electrical activity. The rhythms observed are related to gastric discomfort and nausea.
- ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography). This is an endoscopic test (see above), during which detailed X-rays can be made of the bile duct and pancreatic duct. Certain therapies, such as removal of stones and placement of stents, can be performed as well.
- Esophageal and Anorectal Manometry measure the contractions and relaxations of gastrointestinal smooth muscle in the upper (esophageal) and lower (anorectal) parts of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Esophageal 24-hour pH Study uses a tiny flexible tube to measure the amount of acid that refluxes (comes up) from the stomach to the esophagus during a 24-hour period.
- EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound) employs an ultrasound device inside a flexible tube to examine the deeper layers of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, bile duct, pancreas, and gallbladder. Therapeutic uses of this technique include obtaining non-surgical biopsies of difficult-to-reach lesions.
- Sigmoidoscopy uses a flexible, fiber-optic tube to examine limited portions of the lower colon.