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Services

Clearwater Gastroenterology provides the following services for gastrointestinal health.

Office Visits

Office visits are available to all patients. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for personalized care for your gastrointestinal health. Telehealth may be available upon request.

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Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities.

pH Testing

Esophageal pH monitoring used for the diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

EGD enables your doctor to examine the lining of your upper intestinal tract.

Breath Tests

The H. pylori breath test is a simple and safe test used to detect an active H. pylori infection.

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities by inserting a flexible, lighted tube into the colon. In August of 2022, Gem State Endoscopy began using GI Genius™ Artificial Intelligence to assist in detecting polyps. Click here for more information.

The colon must be completely clean for the procedure to be accurate and complete, so be sure to follow the prep instructions carefully.

Click here for Colonoscopy Prep Instructions.

Colonoscopy is well-tolerated and rarely causes much pain. Your doctor will sedate you to help you relax and better tolerate any discomfort. You will lie on your side while the doctor slowly advances the colonoscope through your large intestine to examine the lining. You doctor will examine the lining again as he slowly withdrawals the colonoscope. The procedure usually takes approximately 30 minutes, although you should plan on two to three hours for admission and recovery.

After your procedure, you will receive written discharge instructions, although you will have to wait for the results of any biopsies performed. If you were given sedation during the procedure, someone must drive you home. Even if you feel alert after the procedure, your judgment and reflexes could be impaired for the rest of the day. You might have some cramping or bloating because of the air introduced into the colon during the examination. This should disappear quickly when you pass gas.

Although complications after a colonoscopy are uncommon, contact your doctor or go to the emergency department if you notice severe abdominal pain, fever and chills, or rectal bleeding of more than one-half cup.

Esophagogastro-duodenoscopy (EGD)

Esophagoduodenoscopy (EGD)

Esophagoduodenoscopy also known as Upper Endoscopy or EGD enables your doctor to examine the lining of your upper intestinal tract by inserting a long, flexible, lighted tube through the mouth and slowing advancing it into the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, and the beginning of the small intestine. Your stomach must be empty for this procedure to be accurate and complete, so be sure to follow your instructions completely.

Click here for EGD Instructions

During the procedure, you should feel little to no pain and it will not interfere with your breathing. The physician will sedate you to keep you comfortable. Then he will insert a mouth piece to help you keep your mouth open during the procedure. The endoscopy will be inserted slowly and air is introduced to allow the physician see better. The physician will examine the GI tract, looking closely for any problems that require evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment. The procedure usually take 15 to 20 minutes, although you should plan on two to three hours for admission and recovery.

After your procedure, you will receive written discharge instructions, although you will have to wait for the results of any biopsies performed. If you were given sedation during the procedure, someone must drive you home. Even if you feel alert after the procedure, your judgment and reflexes could be impaired for the rest of the day. You might have some cramping or bloating because of the air introduced into the stomach during the examination. This should disappear within 24 hours.

Although complications after an EGD are uncommon, contact your doctor or go to the emergency department if you notice severe abdominal pain, fever and chills, or bleeding.

pH Testing

Esophageal pH Testing

Esophageal pH monitoring used for the diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It provides direct physiologic measurement of acid in the esophagus and is the most objective method to document reflux disease, assess the severity of the disease and monitor the response of the disease to medical or surgical treatment. It can also be used in diagnosing laryngopharyngeal reflux.

A thin tube is passed through your nose into your stomach. The tube is then is pulled back into your esophagus. A monitor attached to the tube measures the acid level in your esophagus.

You will wear the monitor on a strap and record your symptoms and activity over the next 24 hours. You will return to the office the next day and the tube will be removed. The information from the monitor will be compared with your diary notes.

Breath Tests

H. Pylori Breath Test

The H. pylori breath test is a simple and safe test used to detect an active H. pylori infection. Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) is a bacteria found in the inner lining of the stomach or duodenum that causes chronic inflammation. H. Pylori has been associated with several health conditions, including peptic ulcers and gastric cancer.

During the test, you will be asked to exhale into a balloon-like bag. The air you breathe into this bag is tested to provide a basis for comparison (called a baseline sample). You will then be asked to drink a small amount of a pleasant lemon-flavored solution. Fifteen minutes after drinking the solution, a second breath sample will be taken. The air you breathe into this bag is tested for an increase in carbon dioxide.

Your physician will notify you of the results and his plan for treatment if necessary.