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Understanding Bowel Preparation

What is bowel prep? Cleansing the colon before a colonoscopy is called bowel preparation, or “bowel prep.” It involves taking medication that causes diarrhea, emptying the colon. The medication is taken by mouth, and comes in liquid or tablet form. You will also need to change what you eat during the day or two before [...]

Learn more about different GI conditions

To learn more about different GI conditions, please visit American College of Gastroenterology website. To learn more about different liver conditions, please visit American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases  website.

Understanding Gerd

Gerd stands for Gastroesophageal reflux disease. This is a very common condition that affects millions of Americans. Heartburn and regurgitation of acid are the most common symptoms. Some patients, however, experience other symptoms such as chest pain, hoarseness of voice especially upon awakening, difficulty swallowing, asthma or chronic cough. If you have symptoms more than [...]

Colonoscopy

What is a colonoscopy? A Colonoscopy lets our doctors at Midlands Gastroenterology examine the lining of your large intestine (colon) for abnormalities by inserting a thin flexible tube, as thick as your finger, into your anus and slowly advancing it into the rectum and colon. This instrument, called a colonoscope, has its own lens and [...]

What are Ambulatory Surgery Centers?

Ambulatory surgery centers or ASCs are facilities where procedures that do not require hospital admission are performed. ASCs provide cost-effective services and a convenient environment that is less stressful than what many hospitals can offer. Patients who choose to have procedures in an ASC arrive on the day of their procedure, have their procedure in [...]

EGD – Upper Endoscopy

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is an examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera (flexible endoscope) which is inserted down the throat. The Esophagogastroduodenoscopy procedure is pain free as you will receive a sedative and pain medications to ensure your comfort. A local anesthetic may be sprayed into your [...]

What are Colon Polyps?

Polyps are growths involving the lining of the bowel. They can occur in several locations in the gastrointestinal tract but are most common in the colon. They vary in size from less than a quarter of an inch to several inches in diameter. They look like small bumps growing from the lining of the bowel [...]

Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy (Pill Camera)

Capsule Endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the middle part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the three portions of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileum). Your doctor will give you a pill sized video camera for you to swallow. This camera has its own light source and takes pictures of your small [...]

ERCP

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (en-doh-SKAH-pik REH-troh-grayd koh-LAN-jee-oh-PANG-kree-uh-TAH-gruh-fee) (ERCP) enables our physicians at Midlands Gastroenterology to diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. The liver is a large organ that, among other things, makes a liquid called bile that helps with digestion. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that stores bile until it [...]