Clinical Services

Gastrointestinal Services

Many Americans suffer with the discomfort of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. They may suffer for years instead of taking simple steps to diagnose and treat their condition.

The GI tract is a complicated system that may result in disorders that may affect health and wellbeing.

We diagnose and treat the following:

  • Bowel incontinence
  • Cancers of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, and rectum
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colitis
  • Colon cancer
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Gallstones
  • GI bleeding
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Polyps (tumors)
  • Proctitis
  • Strictures
  • Ulcers

Methods of Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing a gastrointestinal disorder is an important first step towards treatment. Whittier Hospital Medical Center offers several methods for diagnosis and treatment including:

Colonoscopy: Allows viewing of the lining of the colon (large intestine) and any abnormalities such as polyps. In some cases a colonoscopy may be used for treatment as in the removal of a polyp.

EGD: Also knows as Upper Endoscopy. EGD uses a video endoscope to view and evaluate the upper gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum.

This procedure is used to diagnose and treat GERD (Gastroreflux disease), ulcers, stomach polyps, and other conditions.

ERCP: ERCP is used to help diagnose disorders of the pancreas, bile ducts, liver, and gallbladder. Stones or other blockages may be removed through the use of stents or extraction.

Sigmoidoscopy: Recommended as part of a routine screening for older individuals, Sigmoidoscopy is used for viewing the rectum and sigmoid colon for the diagnosis of colon disease.

Technology

Whittier Hospital Medical Center offers technology designed for detecting, diagnosing, and treating your gastrointestinal disorder, as well as making you as comfortable as possible throughout your procedure.

  • Argon Plasma Coagulator
  • Bispectral Monitoring
  • Digital Flouroscopy
  • Conscious Sedation