Gastrointestinal Service 

The pain and discomfort associated with chronic heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems may be mistaken for other medical problems. The problem may not always be what you think. Prompt diagnosis of gastro-intestinal symptoms is the first step toward identifying and treating the problem.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital offers advanced diagnostic technology and medical and surgical treatments for many gastrointestinal disorders. For your convenience, a number of diagnostic services and treatments are provided on an outpatient basis.

Disorders of the Esophagus and Stomach

Abdominal pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), difficulty swallowing, ulcers, intestinal bleeding and other upper intestinal disorders may be evaluated through the following procedures:

Upper intestinal endoscopy (EGD) uses a video endoscope to view and evaluate the upper gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach and upper duodenum.

Intestinal barium x-ray studies and video swallowing studies help to determine the cause of upper intestinal disorders

Disorders of the Colon

Evaluation of lower abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diverticular disease, screening for colon cancer and removal of colon polyps may employ one of the following procedures:

Colonoscopy uses a small camera to examine the entire large bowel, helping to identify tumors, remove polyps and determine the cause of pain or source of bleeding

Flexible sigmoidoscopy provides a limited view of the lower part of the rectum and colon, helping to identify problems in the bottom of the large intestine

Barium enema x-ray study is an alternate method to examining the large bowel when biopsy or polyp removal is not anticipated

Argon plasma coagulator is an advanced laser endoscopy tool used to stop bleeding and destroy small tumors without damage to the bowel

Disorders of the Rectum

Procedures used in the evaluation and treatment of hemorrhoidal bleeding, rectal spasm or pain, and loss of stool due to weak rectal muscles include:

Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy examine the colon and rectum.

Disorders of the Gallbladder and Pancreas

Diseases of the pancreas, gall bladder stones, tumors and blockage of the bile ducts may be evaluated through the following procedures:

Ultrasound, CT scans and nuclear scans are the most common preliminary diagnostic techniques used to identify disorders of the gall bladder, liver and pancreas

ERCP is a combined radiology and endoscopy camera technique used to remove stones that may have migrated into the bile duct, as well as to open bile duct blockage and to determine the cause of pancreatic disease

Advanced Techniques for Treatment

New medical techniques may offer lasting solutions for gastrointestinal problems. In some cases, medication and lifestyle changes are enough, while more severe cases may require surgery.

  • bowel incontinence
  • cancers of the esophagus, stomach, intestine and rectum
  • cirrhosis
  • colitis
  • colon cancer screening
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • hemorrhoids
  • hepatitis (diagnosis and management)
  • gallbladder stones
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • GI bleeding
  • heartburn
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • pancreatic disease
  • polyps (tumors)
  • proctitis
  • strictures
  • ulcers

For More Information

We welcome you to contact us for more information about our GI services or for a referral to a gastroenterologist, please call (800) 343-4JFK.

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