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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

Diagnosing your symptoms is the first step to a successful treatment. Our gastroenterologist will review your medical history, conduct a physical exam and order lab tests to help make a diagnosis.

Aiken Physicians Alliance 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.

Traditional Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a procedure used to look inside the large intestine. A colonoscopy enables physicians to examine the entire colon and rectum for polyps, which are small growths that can become cancerous over time. During a colonoscopy, a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera is gently eased into the colon by the physician and sends pictures to a TV screen.

Small amounts of air are puffed into the colon to keep it open and let the physician see clearly. The exam takes about 30 minutes. Patients are usually given medicine to help them relax during the procedure.