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At Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health, our team of physicians work together to treat various conditions and diseases of the colon, rectum, liver, biliary tract and pancreas. We also perform screenings and diagnostic endoscopic procedures.
At Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health, you have access to:
Morethan 30 years of experience in treating complicated digestive diseases
Our liver transplant program, which has one of the shortest wait times in the country
One of the largest groups of board-certified transplant hepatologists in the region
Advanced endoscopy devices and non-invasive diagnostic tests
A team of board-certified specialists including gastroenterologists, hepatologists, surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, dieticians and social workers
Innovative treatment methods, including minimally invasive surgical techniques and ablation therapies
High-performing gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery programs recognized in the 2014-15 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Ratings
A facility recognized by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and certified by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
A chance to participate in research and clinical trials to treat gastrointestinal cancers, motility disorders, liver and pancreatic diseases
Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health offers offer a full range of services to detect, diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive system.
We perform the following procedures:
Colon Cancer Screenings
Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy use a thin flexible tube with a camera at the end to look at the colon. While a colonoscopy examines the entire colon, a sigmoidoscopy looks at just part of the colon. Both are used to screen for colon cancer. Sometimes the screening reveals a mass of tissue called a polyp and some polyps can develop into cancer. Most polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.
Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy may be used for the following reasons:
Anemia (usually when no other cause has been found)
Blood in the stool or black, tarry stools
Symptoms such as abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements or weight loss
Inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
Follow-up of a previous finding, such as polyps or colon cancer
An upper endoscopy examines the lining of the esophagus, stomach and upper intestine with a small camera inserted down the throat.
Your doctor may order an upper endoscopy if you have any of the following conditions or symptoms:
Peptic ulcer disease
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Black or tarry stools
Chronic liver disease or cirrhosis
Feeling full sooner than normal or after eating less than usual