Tomah Health offers endoscopy services including upper endoscopy and lower GI/Colonoscopy. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of your upper and lower digestive tract on a monitor.
Three Tomah Health Endoscopy Providers perform the following procedures:
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) – upper endoscopy that examines esophagus, stomach and beginning of small intestine.
- Colonoscopy – lower endoscopy that examines the large intestine (colon).
These endoscopes can take pictures, help the physician diagnose problems, do biopsies, and even remove certain types of polyps to prevent cancer. These can be done to address problems such as:
- Barrett’s Esophagitis: Damage to the lower portion of the tube that connects the mouth and stomach (esophagus).
- Ulcers: A sore that develops on the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine. Ulcers occur when stomach acid damages the lining of the digestive tract.
- Colon Polyps: A small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon or rectum. Most are harmless, but some can develop into cancer.
- Celiac Disease: An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Over time, the immune reaction to eating gluten creates inflammation that damages the small intestine’s lining, leading to medical complications.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term that describes disorders involving long-standing (chronic) inflammation of tissues in your digestive tract. The two types of IBD include Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis.
- Standard Cancer Screenings: Looking for cancer in the upper or lower GI tract.
For more information on endoscopy services please, call 608-372-2181.