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An Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, also known as an EGD, is a procedure in which the lining of the esophagus, stomach and proximal small intestine, known as the duodenum, are visualized. While the patient is under light anesthesia or sedation, a long tube containing an optical system for visualization is inserted through the mouth and passed along the upper GI tract. For many, one or more biopsies may be obtained and studied, in order to diagnose abnormal tissue. This procedure may aid in the diagnosing and treatment of patients with symptoms such as, persistent upper abdominal (epigastric) pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing, gastrointestinal bleeding, anemia, peptic ulcers, tumors, H. Pylori and infection, etc. Sedation is done for this procedure using either conscious sedation or MAC (monitored anesthesia care) with an anesthesiologist present.
A Colonoscopy is a procedure in which the large bowel (colon) and rectum is examined. This exam is an effective tool to screen for colon cancer and diagnose other gastrointestinal diseases. The patient is sedated while the colonoscope and some air are passed through the rectum and colon. During the procedure, it is common to find polyps, which are removed and examined by a pathologist. Routine screenings are recommended every 5-10 years, beginning at the age of 50. Sometimes the exam is recommended at an earlier age due to symptoms or signs, disease and family history. A bowel prep is required prior to exam for optimum visibility and results. Sedation is done for this procedure using either conscious sedation or MAC (monitored anesthesia care) with an anesthesiologist present.
A Capsule Endoscopy involves swallowing a small camera/transmitter that looks like a large capsule (the size of a large Vitamin Pill). The capsule transmits images to a receiver worn at the waist. Capsule passes naturally through the intestinal tract while transmitting images. The images are then reviewed by Dr. Ross and the results are used to help diagnose possible gastrointestinal problems. A minor bowel prep is usually required the evening prior to the capsule endoscopy.
We also offer more complex procedures, please contact our office for further questions.
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Our office accepts most PPO insurance and Medicare (please call your insurance carrier to confirm coverage) including the following plans
- Aetna – Choice PPO
- BCC PPO
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield – BlueCard PPO
- Cigna – Open Access
- Cigna PPO
- Coventry – First Health Network PPO
- Great West Healthcare PPO
- Humana – Choice Care PPO
- Large Group PPO
- MultiPlan – PHCS PPO
- MultiPlan PPO
- PacifiCare PPO
- Principal Financial
- United HealthCare
- United HealthCare – Choice Plus POS
- United HealthCare – Options PPO
- Other plans accepted, please call and speak to the office staff
We apologize, but we do not accept:
- HMO insurance
- Anthem Covered California
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