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Lutheran Medical Center

Digestive and GI Surgery

Gastrointestinal issues, sometimes referred to as “GI” issues, often don’t go away on their own – and can seriously affect your quality of life. When any part of this system isn’t working properly, your health suffers.

Colorectal surgery is any surgery on the colon (or the large intestine), rectum (the end of the colon just before the anus) and the anus. We do surgery for many diseases, both cancerous and benign (non-cancerous) conditions.

Learn more about common GI conditions like anal fissures, anal fistulas, colon polyps, diverticulitis and hemorrhoids.

Many of these conditionsare only diagnosed with proper testing, known as gastrointestinal endoscopy. Endoscopy is a way of visualizing the inner lining of the upper and lower parts of the digestive tract. We place a long snake-like fiber-optic camera in your body to diagnose and treat certain diseases or conditions. There are 2 forms of Endoscopy: upper endoscopy and colonoscopy.

An upper endoscopy (also called an EGD) uses a camera (called a scope) to look at the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine. EDG's can help in diagnosing and treating diseases such as stomach ulcers, hiatal hernia and tumors.

Learn more about an upper endoscopy in this video.

A colonoscopy looks at only the colon and rectum (the end of the colon just before the anus). We use colonoscopies as a screening tool to look for colon/ rectal cancer. We can also use it to diagnosis and treat other conditions of the colon, such as colitis, or colon polyps.

Learn more about the colonoscopy procedure.

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