Gastroenterology Consultants of Greater Lowell
The ways we help you heal:
Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). He or she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.
Upper Endoscopy (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)
Upper endoscopy, also known as EGD, is a procedure in which a thin scope with a light and camera at its tip is used to look inside the upper digestive tract -- the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is a specialized technique used to study the bile ducts, pancreatic duct and gallbladder. Ducts are drainage routes; the drainage channels from the liver are called bile or biliary ducts. The pancreatic duct is the drainage channel from the pancreas.
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive procedure to assess digestive (gastrointestinal) diseases. It uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of your digestive tract and chest, nearby organs such as the pancreas and liver, lymph nodes, and lower intestinal tract.
Esophageal manometry measures the rhythmic muscle contractions that occur in your esophagus when you swallow. Esophageal manometry also measures the coordination and force exerted by the muscles of your esophagus. During esophageal manometry, a thin, flexible tube (catheter) that contains sensors is passed through your nose, down your esophagus and into your stomach. Esophageal manometry can be helpful in diagnosing certain disorders that may affect your esophagus.
24-hour pH/impedance Testing
An ambulatory esophageal 24 hour pH study is an outpatient test that measures the amount of acid or non-acid reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. The sensors placed in the esophagus measure acid concentration which corresponds to acidic reflux and impedance which corresponds to nonacid reflux. You will wear a data recorder during the test and record symptomatic episodes. Symptoms will be analyzed for any correlation to episodes of reflux.
Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy
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 intestine as it passes through. These pictures are sent to a small recording device you have to wear on your body.
Radiofrequency Ablation for Barrett's Esophagus
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapy has been shown to be safe and effective for treating Barrett’s esophagus. Radiofrequency energy (radio waves) is delivered via a catheter to the esophagus to remove diseased tissue while minimizing injury to healthy esophagus tissue. This is called ablation, which means the removal or destruction of abnormal tissue.
Intragastric weight loss balloon
The intragastric weight loss balloon is the only non-surgical weight loss strategy proven to help people lose weight. Your weight loss journey begins with a personalized evaluation. You’ll start receiving the education you need to prepare you for success. After that, the two weight loss balloons are inserted in your stomach. They will remain in place for six months, helping to control portion size and curb appetite. With the help of the weight loss balloon and personalized coaching, you’ll focus on healthy eating, exercise, and lifestyle habits to maximize your success. The weight loss balloons are removed from your stomach at six months. After the weight loss balloons are removed, you’ll continue receiving support to help you achieve and maintain your optimal weight and healthy lifestyle. Call (978) 459-6737 to speak with one our weight loss specialist physicians.
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication
For the patient concerned about the long-term side effects of antacid medications such as proton pump inhibitors (or PPI's), a new device is available that can reduce or even eliminate the need for medications for GERD. The EsophyX device is designed to reconstruct the gastroesophageal valve (GEV) and help restore the GEV’s function as a reflux barrier in a non-surgical fashion.
Fecal Transplant (FMT or Stool Transplant)
Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is a procedure in which fecal matter, or stool, is collected from a tested donor, mixed with a saline or other solution, strained, and placed in a patient, by colonoscopy. The purpose of fecal transplant is to replace good bacteria that has been killed or suppressed, usually by the use of antibiotics, causing bad bacteria, specifically Clostridium difficile, or C. diff., to over-populate the colon. This infection causes a condition called C. diff. colitis, resulting in often debilitating, sometimes fatal diarrhea.
Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)
POEM is a therapeutic endoscopic procedure performed in the endoscopy unit at our hospital. Our doctors perform POEM to treat the following disease: Achalasia and Spastic esophageal disorders not responding to medical therapies (e.g., diffuse esophageal spam, nutcracker esophagus)
A FibroScan is a test that can reveal any fibrosis or fatty deposits within the liver. It is a non-invasive, quick and simple test that works using ultrasound and gives an immediate result.
Anorectal manometry (or ARM) is a diagnostic test, not a treatment or intervention. This test utilizes a catheter and a balloon to study the nerves and muscles of the anus and rectum. It tests pressures and sensations in the anus and rectum. The catheter is small, like a rectal thermometer. It is attached to a computer that records the pressures. The result looks like a graph.
Bravo pH Monitoring
The BRAVO (esophageal pH test) measures and records the pH in your esophagus to determine if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The test can also be done to determine the effectiveness of medicines or surgical treatment for GERD. The test works by temporarily attaching a small capsule (size of a gel cap) to the wall of the esophagus to measure pH levels while device transmits readings to receiver worn on belt by the patient.