Each year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with digestive disorders, ranging from the occasional upset stomach to the more life-threatening colorectal cancer. They encompass disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Reaching a diagnosis requires a thorough and accurate medical history and physical examination. You may need to undergo more diagnostic evaluations, including lab tests, endoscopic procedures, and imaging techniques.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that uses an instrument called an endoscope (GI tract) or a bronchoscope (respiratory tract) to see inside the interior surfaces of the body specific to the GI or respiratory tract.
Endoscopy of the GI tract allows a physician to see, assess and diagnose problems of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, colon (colonoscopy) and the bile duct.
A bronchoscopy helps physician to diagnose and treat respiratory issues related to the lower respiratory tract. The procedures are relatively painless but can be mildly uncomfortable for some individuals.
Most endoscopy procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
A brand new GI and Endoscopy Suite is part of WRMC's $24 million phase II expansion. These new rooms will be outfitted to assure privacy and to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during the procedures.
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
Weatherford Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of a new surgical treatment option for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This new procedure, called TIF, requires no incision and can be a quick, effective solution. If you are tired of taking pills to manage the pain of heartburn, ask your doctor if our new, minimally invasive surgery is right for you.
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