Itose Clinic is an outpatient, endoscopic facility specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders.
We understand how personal these situations are and how important it is that you are comfortable with your care and surroundings. The Endoscopy Center provides:
- A private waiting area
- Patient-focused, specialized staff
- Private pre and post operation recovery areas
- Advanced equipment
What is endoscopy?
Endoscopy allows a physician to see and inspect the actual interior of a patient’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This procedure is often used on patients who are bleeding in the GI tract, have abdominal pain or excessive diarrhea.
How are procedures performed?
Endoscopic exams are performed using a long, thin, flexible tube inserted in a patient’s mouth and guided through the GI tract. A tiny camera on the end transmits an image of the inside of the intestinal tract to a large, TV monitor. In addition to serving as a diagnostic tool, endoscopy can also be used to remove polyps. A channel in the tube allows the physician to insert a small instrument to obtain small amounts of tissue samples, remove polyps and perform other procedures.
What procedures are performed at Itose clinic?
Procedures performed include:
- Esophago Gastro Duodenoscopy (EGD) — a procedure in which a thin scope with a light and camera at its tip is used to look inside the upper digestive tract — the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. It is used to identify causes of abdominal or chest pain, nausea and vomiting, heartburn, bleeding and swallowing problems.
- Colonoscopy — a procedure in which the physician uses a colonoscope, which is placed into the lower part of the colon through the rectum, to look at the large intestine. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors and areas of inflammation or bleeding. During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected and abnormal growths can be taken out. A colonoscopy can also be used as a screening test to check for cancer or precancerous growths in the colon or rectum (polyps).
What is a gastrointestinal disorder?
Almost all of us have had a stomach problem from time to time. For many, it goes beyond an upset stomach. Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders cause millions of people to suffer every year. Common symptoms include severe or persistent stomach pain, heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea or vomiting. Left undiagnosed and untreated, GI disorders can affect the entire body and your overall health. If you are experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis, we can help you. We are using the latest endoscopic technology to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal disorders, such as ulcers, tumors, polyps, diverticulosis, colitis and esophageal reflux diseases in patients of all ages.
What should I know about colorectal cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in U.S. and is the third leading cause of death from cancer.
Endoscopic screening tests such as the flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy are vital in the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. These common, minimally invasive procedures can help detect and prevent colorectal cancer. It is recommended that starting at the age of 50, all men and women should have colorectal screenings. Different circumstances, however, may require earlier screening, such as a family history of colorectal cancer. Additionally, studies have shown that African Americans have an increased risk for colorectal cancer.