Diagnosing Gastrointestinal Disorders

Holland Hospital’s Gastroenterology providers diagnose disorders of the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines and more.

Diagnosing a gastrointestinal disorder is an important first step towards treatment. Holland Hospital offers several methods for diagnosis and treatment including:

  • Colonoscopy: Allows viewing of the lining of the colon (large intestine) and any abnormalities such as polyps. In some cases a colonoscopy may be used for treatment as in the removal of a polyp.
  • EGD: Also knows as Upper Endoscopy. EGD uses a video endoscope to view and evaluate the upper gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum. This procedure is used to diagnose and treat GERD (Gastroreflux disease), ulcers, stomach polyps, and other conditions.
  • ERCP: ERCP is used to help diagnose disorders of the pancreas, bile ducts, liver, and gallbladder. Stones or other blockages may be removed through the use of stents or extraction.
  • Sigmoidoscopy: Recommended as part of a routine screening for older individuals, Sigmoidoscopy is used for viewing the rectum and sigmoid colon for the diagnosis of colon disease.