Gastro Florida offers a wide variety of state-of-the-art procedures and services to address gastrointestinal conditions. We provide hospital and outpatient care for people with diseases of the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and colon, as well as full-service inpatient consultation.
Advanced Gastroenterology Services
Several of our physicians have received additional training for these procedures including oncological therapy. These gastroenterology services include:
- Advanced Endoscopic Procedure & Resection
- Advanced Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Anorectal Motility / Manometry
- Balloon-Assisted Enteroscopy
- Barium Swallow X-Ray
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Cryotherapy for Barrett’s esophagus
- Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS)
- Esophageal Manometry
- Esophageal pH Impedance
- Infusion Therapy
- Orbera Balloon System
- Pancreatic Necrosis Management
- Pelvic Abscess Drainage
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Barrett’s esophagus
- Volumetric Laser Endomicroscopy (VLE/OCT) for Barrett’s esophagus
Learn more information about these services below.
A minimally invasive method of effectively treating mucosal lesions of the ampulla of Vater and surrounding peri-ampullary region.
Anorectal Motility / Manometry
Measures how well the rectum and anal sphincter are working. The test is commonly given to people who have fecal incontinence, constipation, and Hirschsprung’s disease in children.
An incisionless procedure performed to reach and treat less-accessible colon polyps or areas of bleeding in the GI tract. The procedure is performed by using an endoscope equipped with a balloon that inflates and deflates to pinch together the walls of the GI tract. By compressing the walls, the gastroenterologist can reach and treat less accessible areas.
Barium Swallow X-Ray
A barium swallow is a test that may be used to determine the cause of painful swallowing, difficulty with swallowing, abdominal pain, bloodstained vomit, or unexplained weight loss. Barium sulfate is a metallic compound that shows up on X-rays and is used to help see abnormalities in the esophagus and stomach. When taking the test, you drink a preparation containing this solution. The X-rays track its path through your digestive system.
Cryotherapy for Barrett’s Esophagus
An endoscopic technique in which diseased tissue is exposed to extremely cold temperatures and destroyed.
Capsule Endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the middle part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the three portions of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileum). Your doctor will give you a pill sized video camera for you to swallow. This camera has its own light source and takes pictures of your small intestine as it passes through. These pictures are sent to a small recording device you wear on your body. Your doctor will be able to view these pictures at a later time and might be able to provide you with useful information regarding your small intestine.
Endoscopic Full Thickness Resection (EFTR)
Removes growths deep in the wall of the GI tract. Used to identify the source of a GI problem, such as GI bleeding or pain. At the same time, it can remove growths, such as colon polyps or tumors.
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
Allows physicians to remove tumors just beneath the GI wall without surgery. Using an endoscope, the gastroenterologist can see inside the body with a high degree of detail. At the same time, they can remove growths such as upper GI or colon polyps that might otherwise require surgery.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
A specialized technique used to study the bile ducts, pancreatic duct and gallbladder. Ducts are drainage routes; the drainage channels from the liver are called bile or biliary ducts. The pancreatic duct is the drainage channel from the pancreas.
Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS)
Uses an endoscope with a built-in ultrasound probe to provide detailed images of the esophageal and stomach linings as well as the walls of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. Can also be used to study other organs that are near the gastrointestinal tract, including the lungs, liver, gall bladder and pancreas.
Measures the pressures and the pattern of muscle contractions in the esophagus. Abnormalities in the contractions and strength of the muscle or in the sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus can result in pain, heartburn, and/or difficulty swallowing. Esophageal manometry is used to diagnose the conditions that can cause these symptoms.
Esophageal pH Impedance
Used to confirm a diagnosis for GERD. Measures how often acid leads from the esophagus into the stomach, and if the acid is related to the symptoms.
A therapeutic intervention for inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. It uses medications known as biologics to treat inflammation in the GI tract.
Orbera Balloon System
ORBERA is a reversible, non-surgical weight loss procedure, which means no incisions, stitches, or scars. The deflated balloon is placed in the stomach while the patient is under a mild sedative. The balloon is filled with saline until it’s about grapefruit size. It takes just 20-30 minutes and most people go home the same day.
Pelvic Abscess Drainage
Procedure to remove infected fluid from the pelvis. Uses imaging guidance to place a needle or catheter through the skin into the abscess to remove or drain the infected fluid. It offers faster recovery than open surgical drainage.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Barrett’s esophagus
Endoscopic technique in which diseased tissue is exposed to heat energy and destroyed.
Volumetric Laser Endomicroscopy (VLE/OCT) for Barrett’s esophagus
Similar to an endoscopic ultrasound, this procedure uses infrared light to produce high-resolution real time 360-degree cross sectional imaging of the esophagus.