Diagnosing Gastrointestinal Disorders
Holland Hospital’s Gastroenterology providers diagnose disorders of the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines and more.
Diagnosing a gastrointestinal disorder is an important first step
towards treatment. Holland Hospital 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
- 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.