At Digestive Disease Associates we strive to meet the needs of the greater Berks County area. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and expanding the services of our practice so that our patients can receive the most up to date and state of the art procedures. Our patients do not need to look beyond the borders of Berks County for the highest quality of GI care. We are informed, diverse and highly trained leaders in the field of gastroenterology, providing a full range of services right here in our own community.
At the core of our practice, our physicians provide the following traditional gastroenterology
- EGD - esophagogastroduodenoscopy
- ERCP - endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Peg tube placement
- Capsule endoscopy
- Small bowel enteroscopy
- Esophageal and anorectal manometry
Our team of physicians also provides advanced GI treatments and procedures, making them not only local but regional leaders in offering the most comprehensive gastroenterology care:
- EMR - endoscopic mucosal resection
- EUS - endoscopic ultrasound
- Stricture dilation
- Placement of luminal and biliary stents
- Esophageal pH monitoring
- Esophageal ablations to treat Barrett's esophagus
- APC - Argon plasma coagulation
- Fecal transplant to treat C diff
- Hemorrhoid band ligation
- Fecal incontinence injection therapy
Greater than 95% of gastroenterology cases referred to Digestive Disease Associates can be treated by our doctors. If an outside referral for additional service is needed, we have a network of physicians who partner with our practice to give our patients the best collaborative GI care. Digestive Disease Associates is the first and most often the only step needed for a patient to return to normal every day activity and restored GI health.
As always, we appreciate your business and are honored to partner with you in the care of your patients. Please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with one of our physicians directly if you have any questions.
- EMR (endoscopic mucosal resection) - A procedure to remove cancerous or other abnormal tissues (lesions) from the digestive tract. EMR is also used to collect tissues for diagnosis and determine if any cancer has invaded tissues beneath the digestive tract lining.
- EUS (endoscopic ultrasound) - Endoscopy is combined with ultrasound to obtain images of the internal organs in the chest and abdomen. It allows for screening for pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer and gastric cancer, as well as benign tumors of the upper gastrointestinal tract. It also allows for characterization and biopsy of any focal lesions found in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
- Capsule endoscopy - A patient swallows a capsule the size of a pill that contains a tiny camera. It takes pictures of the inside of the gastrointestinal tract to examine areas of the small Intestine that cannot be seen by other types of endoscopy such as colonoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).
- Small bowel enteroscopy - An enteroscope is used for the direct visualization of the small bowel to investigate a suspected small intestinal bleed in persons with objective evidence of recurrent and/or obscure gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Esophageal manometry - A test to assess motor function of the upper esophageal sphincter, esophageal body and lower esophageal sphincter.
- Duodenal stents• An alternative to a stomach bypass operation where the insertion of a stent will allow food and other substances to pass through the stomach to reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Pancreatic stents - Stenting of the main pancreatic duct to relieve ductal obstruction, often in the setting of refractory pain from strictures, stones or papillary stenosis.
- Colonic stents• A non-surgical alternative for the palliation of luminal gastrointestinal neoplasms, particularly in the esophagus and biliary tract. It is also for treatment of obstruction in other segments of the gastrointestinal tract such as the stomach, proximal small bowel and colon.
- Esophageal stents - A non-surgical alternative for the palliation of luminal gastrointestinal neoplasms, particularly esophageal cancer with locally unresectable or advanced metastatic esophageal cancer.
- Argon plasma coagulation - An endoscopic procedure using ionized argon gas that is directed through a probe passed through an endoscope to control bleeding from lesions in the GI tract.
- Esophageal PH monitoring• A 24 hour physiologic measurement of the acid flowing into the stomach to assess the severity of disease when determining medical or surgical treatment.
- Fecal transplant - The process of transplantation of fecal bacteria from a healthy individual into a recipient as treatment for patients suffering from clostridium difficile infection (CDI).
- Hemorrhoid banding - An outpatient treatment for internal hemorrhoids, a small band is applied to the base of the hemorrhoid, stopping the blood supply to the hemorrhoidal mass. This causes the hemorrhoid to shrink and die within a few days. The band will fall off during normal bowel movements, likely without the patient noticing.
- Fecal incontinence injections• A biocompatible bulking agent in an injectable gel consisting of dextranomer microspheres in stabilized hyaluronic acid. It is used for the treatment of fecal incontinence and is administered directly into the submucosal layer of the anal canal.
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