Saint Francis Hospital
355 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Common Digestive Disorders
Our digestive specialists treat a wide range of gastrointestinal problems, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Ulcer Disease
Diagnosis and Treatment
Whether the answer is a lifestyle change, medication or an endoscopic procedure, our team of experts work with each patient to determine the best course of treatment, which may include performing screening, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Some of the most common procedures for diagnosing GI disorders include:
- Colonoscopy - Colonoscopy enables physicians to examine the entire lining of your colon for abnormalities. If the physician thinks an area needs further examination, he or she will obtain a biopsy of the colon lining to be analyzed. If a polyp is discovered during the colonoscopy, the physician will most likely remove it during the procedure.
- Endoscopic Ultrasonography - This procedure allows the physician to examine the stomach lining as well as the walls of a patient’s upper and lower gastrointestinal tract as well as other organs such as the pancreas, lymph nodes and liver. Using an endoscope with an ultrasound attachment, sound waves create visual, high-resolution images of the digestive tract.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) - This allows a physician to view, locate and treat blockages in the common bile duct and pancreatic duct. Using an endoscope and X-ray equipment, the physician is able to view internal anatomy on a video screen.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy - Sigmoidoscopy uses a lighted instrument to examine the rectum and lower colon. The examination can find precancerous and cancerous growths in these areas.
- Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD) - Upper endoscopy allows the physician to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract using an endoscope. The procedure can assist in evaluating symptoms of persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty in swallowing. It is also effective in finding the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract and can be used to treat many abnormalities.
To contact the GI Lab at Saint Francis Hospital, call 847-316-7338.