The video endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera at the tip, has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of gastroenterology and hepatology conditions. The endoscope can be inserted through any natural opening, such as the mouth or rectum, and it enables physicians to see the insides of the digestive tract on a video monitor. Tiny surgical instruments can pass through an opening in an endoscope to collect biopsy samples, or to remove polyps, stones, and fluid.
The physicians who serve Rutgers Health Gastroenterology are experts in using the endoscope as well as other state-of-the-art tools. Our doctors are on the faculty of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, a part of Rutgers University, one of the top research institutions in America. Our physicians are active in research and in teaching about all aspects of gastroenterology and each brings life-changing knowledge from the classroom to the exam room.
Among the tests and procedures our physicians perform are
- Breath testing. A test that measures certain gases to help diagnose some conditions.
- Capsule endoscopy. A procedure that includes a patient swallowing a disposable, pill-sized camera that records images as it passes from the esophagus through the intestinal tract.
- Colonoscopy. A scope that examines the lining of the colon.
- EUS (endoscopic ultrasound). A test using sound waves from an ultrasound probe to help examine the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, and colon.
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy. A scope that examines the rectum and lower part of the colon.
- Manometry. A catheter with a water-filled balloon inserted through the nose to measure resting pressures in the esophagus, bile ducts, gallbladder, pancreas, or rectum.
- Paracentesis. A procedure to remove fluid from the abdomen.
- Upper GI endoscopy. A test using an endoscope to provide images of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (upper small intestine).
If you or a loved one is having digestive tract problems or related disorders, please make an appointment to see a specialist with the Rutgers Health Gastroenterology practice today.