The providers at WestGlen Gastroenterology Consultants perform many procedures in our clinics and at local surgical facilities.
A colonoscopy is an endoscopic procedure that visually examines the entire colon with a videoscope. The inside of the colon is then examined for any abnormalities that may exist. During this procedure, polyps may be safely removed. It is recommended that all individuals above age 50 have a colonoscopy procedure done every 10 years until age 75. Learn more about colonoscopies here.
Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
Upper endoscopy enables the physician to look inside the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). The procedure might be used to discover the reason for swallowing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, reflux, bleeding, infection, tumors, indigestion, abdominal pain or chest pain. Upper endoscopy is also called EGD, which stands for esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Learn more about EGD here.
At our Lee’s Summit and Northland Midwest Gastroenterology locations, we use the patented and proprietary CRH O’Regan System™ to treat hemorrhoids. This system is considered to be the “gold standard,” and we are the only treatment center in Kansas City trained in this procedure. This highly effective (99 percent), minimally invasive procedure is performed in our Lee’s Summit, MO and Northland GI offices in less than a minute, and most patients return to work that same day. We make recommendations to reduce the chance of recurrence later (currently 5 percent in 2 years).
Lactulose Breath Test (SIBO test)
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth happens when extra bacteria is found in the small intestine. It is normal to have a small amount of bacteria in the small intestines; normal levels actually promote healthy digestion by building the walls of the intestines. But with SIBO, the amount of bacteria found in the small intestine is multiplied by thousands.
The overgrowth of bacteria can be treated with antibiotics. Some people have ongoing SIBO which comes and goes at any given time. In these cases, being aware of symptoms is key to treating SIBO before the problems arise.
We determine if a patient has SIBO using our at-home lactulose breath test.
A sigmoidoscopy is an internal exam of the lower part of the large colon using a short, thin, flexible lighted tube (“scope”). It is inserted into the rectum and slowly guided into the colon. The tube, called a flexible sigmoidoscope, has a lens for viewing. It may also have a small biopsy instrument to remove tissue to be checked under a microscope for signs of disease.
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