The experts at McKee Medical Center focus on the diagnosis and treatment of gastroenterological illnesses and diseases. We offer a variety of outpatient services including:
- Anorectal Manometry
Anorectal Manometry is a diagnostic test that evaluates the function of the rectum and anal canal by measuring pressure generated by the anal sphincters. The procedure is performed to help identify causes for various problems such as anal pain and spasms, fecal incontinence and difficulty passing bowel movements. This test is used in the evaluation of fecal incontinence and is often performed as part of a pre-surgical evaluation.
- BRAVO Reflux Study
This 48-hour reflux-pH study is a diagnostic test to determine if you have gastro-esophageal reflux. A physician places a capsule on the wall of the esophagus. This requires an EGD (upper endoscopy) procedure. This study determines if reflux occurs and whether it is associated with specific symptoms. A patient needs to stop taking reflux medication prior to and during the study.
A colonoscopy is an examination of the lining of the colon with a lighted, flexible tube. It is a beneficial screening tool for colo-rectal cancer. If necessary, during the colonoscopy, the doctor will do biopsies to test any abnormalities.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
ERCP is a specialized technique used to study the biliary ducts of the gallbladder, pancreas and liver.
- Esophageal Dilation
Esophageal dilation is a procedure that allows your doctor to dilate, or stretch, a narrowed area of your esophagus. The most common cause of narrowing of the esophagus is scarring from reflux.
- Esophageal Motility with Impedance Study
This diagnostic test evaluates the function of the esophagus including clearance of liquids and solids from the esophagus when swallowing. The study can help identify causes for various symptoms such as difficulty swallowing and/or chest pain. This study is also performed before certain medical procedures such as anti-reflux surgery.
- Esophageal Reflux with Impedance Study
This 24-hour reflux-pH study can determine if you have abnormal esophageal reflux that could be related to symptoms for which you are being evaluated. Reflux is a condition in which stomach contents move upward into the esophagus. A degree of reflux is normal. However, it can cause symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain or hoarseness as well as being a contributing factor to asthma and other lung-related diseases. This study determines if reflux occurs and whether it is associated with specific symptoms. Impedance allows the patient to remain on reflux medication prior to and during the study unless their physician determines otherwise.
- Upper Endoscopy
EGD (upper endoscopy) allows your doctor to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). Your doctor will use a small flexible tube called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, and will view the images on a video monitor.