Gastrointestinal Treatments & Procedures
Our physicians and specialists at West Suburban Medical Center are dedicated to providing you with individualized treatment plans to get you on the road to recovery.
We take great pride in making sure our patients receive effective treatments for various digestive disorders. Below are common treatments and procedures for digestive disorders that we may see at West Suburban Medical Center.
BARXX is an endoscopic technique used to treat conditions of the esophagus. An ablation catheter is used to treat the effected tissues.
Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
EMR is a surgical procedure used to resect abnormal or cancerous cells from the lining of the digestive tract. A small tube is passed down the throat and another tube is inserted in the anus to remove any lesions.
During this procedure, our experienced surgeon places an esophageal stent (a flexible mesh tube, approximately 2cm (3/4 inch) wide) through the constricted area of an esophagus (food tube) to improve breathing and swallowing and to allow food and beverages to pass from a patient’s mouth to the stomach for digestion and absorption of nutrients.
EsophyXTM TIF® (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication)
This procedure is aimed at reducing the symptoms of esophageal reflux. The incisionless procedure is inserted through the patient's mouth and is used to reconstruct the gastroesophageal valve.
This therapy is used in order to treat problems with urinary retention. This surgery is typically used as a last resort when medical treatment has failed patients suffering from urinary leakage and significant urinary urgency.
This surgical procedure uses a small, lighted tube through an incision in the belly. Laparoscopy can be used to find cysts, fibroids and infections; tissue can also be biopsed during the procedure.
There are several types of pancreatectomy (the surgical removal of all or part of the pancreas), segmental pancreatectomy, distal pancreatectomy ( the removal of the body and tail of the pancreas) and total pancreatectomy (the removal of the entire pancreas). Pancreatectomy is used to treat various conditions affecting the pancreas including:
- Necrotising pancreatitis
- Severe chronic pancreatitis
- Severe Trauma
- Adenocarcinoma (85% of all cancers in pancrea)
- Cystadenoma (mucinous/serous)
- Islet cell tumors (neuroendocrine tumors)
- Papillary cystic neoplasms
- Acinar cell tumors
- Cancer of the ampulla of Vater (ampullary cancer)
- Duodenal cancer
- Cancer of the distal (lower portion) of the bile duct.
- Severe hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia
The pancreas is an internal organ, which produces juices that help digest food as well as hormones, which help the body maintain optimal blood sugar levels and use and store energy from food.
Patients who undergo complete or nearly complete pancreatectomy may be faced with deficiencies of pancreatic endocrine or exocrine function. That condition requires replacement of the hormone insulin or digestive enzymes. Patients develop type I diabetes. Since the pancreas is either partially or completely absent, this condition will need to be medically treated. Type I diabetes can be treated with insulin therapy.
The pancreas is responsible for the production of many digestive enzymes, therefore a pancreatectomy is usually given as an option for pancreatic disease which is life threatening, such as pancreatic cancers.
Robotic surgery or computer-assisted surgery are procedures that use robotic systems in order to aid surgeons when performing surgery. Robotic surgery often means shorter recovery time and smaller incisions.
This procedure is a treatment method for hemorrhoids. It involves the surgical removal of large hemorrhoids and repositions that remaining tissue back to its normal anatomical position.
Stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR)
STARR is a surgical procedure that is performed through the anus, with no external incisions or visible scars. This procedure is used to remove excess tissue from the rectum.
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