Vantage Medical Associates, P.C.
A Multi-specialty Medical Group located in Far Rockaway, NY
Gastroenterology services offered at Vantage Medical Associates PC in Far Rockaway, New York, treat problems that affect your digestive health and function. If you’re suffering abdominal pain, changes in your bathroom habits, or notice unusual symptoms like blood in your stool, you’d benefit from a consultation with a gastroenterologist. Call Vantage Medical Associates, P.C. today or use the online tool to schedule your appointment.
What is gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology deals with all issues of the digestive system. The medical specialization deals with the health of your:
- Small and large intestine (colon) and rectum
- Gallbladder and bile ducts
Your gastroenterologist has a focused understanding of how food and other substances move through the stomach and intestine, how nutrients are digested and absorbed, how waste leaves the body, and how the liver functions as a digestive organ. This involves studying hepatology — the liver and its functions.
What kinds of conditions fall under gastroenterology?
Conditions related to gastroenterology include:
- Colon polyps and cancer
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
- Gallbladder disease and gallstones
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Reflux esophagitis
Any activity, normal and abnormal, in the digestive organs, falls under gastroenterology.
What kinds of screenings are offered by the gastroenterology team?
Gastroenterological screenings include preventive colonoscopies and diagnostic procedures. Some of the most common include:
The top colon cancer screening procedure is colonoscopy. Generally, this screening is recommended for all adults starting at age 45. If you have a personal or family history of colon cancer, your provider will want to begin preventive screenings sooner. This test examines your colon for polyps (growths) that might or have turned into cancer.
ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) is used to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. Your provider uses an X-ray technology called fluoroscopy and a long, flexible, lighted tube called an endoscope, usually inserted through your throat, to view your digestive organs.
MRCP (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) is a specialized MRI that provides detailed images of your liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and bile and pancreatic ducts.
EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is used to examine the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (the first part of your small intestine). Your provider passes an endoscope, a small camera affixed to a tube, down your throat to get a view of your organs.
An endoscopy involves placing an endoscope through the upper or lower parts of your digestive tract to view your system.
What hemorrhoid treatments are available?
Hemorrhoids are swollen and often painful blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum. They’re pretty common and can be seriously uncomfortable. Treatments are available.
If lifestyle changes such as adding more fiber to your diet, topical treatments, warm baths, and oral pain relievers don’t offer relief, you’ll need more involved treatments. Vantage Medical Associates PC offers hemorrhoid injections and hemorrhoid banding to shrink and eliminate the hemorrhoid.
If you need gastroenterology services, call Vantage Medical Associates PC today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.
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