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Treating Digestive Issues

Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat conditions of the digestive system and related organs, including the intestines, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, stomach and esophagus. Care is available for a wide range of common conditions, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux or heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis

Advanced Testing and Monitoring

Aiken Professional Association offers advanced testing and monitoring options for digestive issues, including the PillCamTM and SmartPillTM.

The PillCam is a pill-sized camera that provides a noninvasive alternative to traditional colonoscopy. For this procedure, the patient swallows a small capsule that has a tiny camera inside it. The camera takes thousands of pictures as it moves through the digestive track and transmits them to a recording device.

Unlike a traditional colonoscopy, the procedure requires no anesthesia and involves no recovery time. The device can help detect bleeding, tumors, ulcers, inflammation and more. The capsule can be especially helpful for seeing the middle portions of the digestive track that would normally require exploratory surgery.

The SmartPill is also a small capsule that's swallowed by the patient and delivers information to a recording device. It measures pressure, pH, transit time and temperature as it passes through the digestive tract. This information helps the physician evaluate motility disorders, such as constipation and gastroparesis.