Common Gastroenterology Conditions
Dr. Palma evaluates and treats a spectrum of GI conditions, including those that affect the upper GI tract (esophagus, stomach, and duodenum [first part of the small intestine]) and lower GI tract (small intestine, large intestine [colon], rectum, and anus). Some of these conditions include:
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- GERD- Acid Reflux, Heartburn
- Abdominal Pain
- Gallbladder Disease / Gallstones
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Stomach Diseases
- Pancreatic Diseases
- Crohn's Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Chronic Hepatitis
- Celiac Disease
A colonoscopy is a nonsurgical outpatient procedure that uses a scope (a long, thin tube with a light and a viewing instrument) to view the inside lining of the colon (large intestine) and rectum. Most frequently used as a screening tool for colon polyps or colon cancer. When found, most polyps can be removed through the colonoscope. Colonoscopy may also be used to identify specific digestive or inflammatory diseases by taking biopsies of the colonic mucosa.
An upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is a nonsurgical outpatient procedure that uses a scope (a long, thin tube with a light and a viewing instrument) to view the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). Upper endoscopy is often used in the evaluation of heartburn, upper abdominal pain, swallowing abnormalities, unexplained weight loss and in the evaluation of many other conditions which may affect the upper gastrointestinal tract.
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a nonsurgical outpatient procedure that uses a scope (a long, thin tube with a light and a viewing instrument) to view the inside lining of the rectum and lower section of the colon. It allows a gastroenterologist to examine the lower GI tract for cancer, polyps, hemorrhoids, and other digestive disorders.