Digestive Disorders


Medical procedures are necessary aids to diagnosis and treatment.
Various procedures are used in the diagnosis and treatment of GI conditions. Children's Gastroenterology, MCSG uses the latest techniques and tools to ensure quality care for your child experiencing gastrointestinal health issues. Many of these procedures are available on an outpatient basis.

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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Gastrointestinal endoscopy involves inserting a small tube into GI tract while the child is sedated. Through this approach, the doctor is able to actually see inside the GI tract to determine possible problem areas. Removal of accidental swallowed objects in young children is also done using this procedure.

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG): A PEG is one type of gastrostomy tube.  It is placed using the endoscopy procedure described above.  A tube is placed through the skin directly into the stomach using local anesthetic agents and intravenous medicine for sedation. Specialized nutrition is given through this type of gastrostomy (G-tube) tube.

Reflux Studies: Reflux studies help identify the patterns of how acid appears in the esophagus. This helps the doctor determine how to guide medical treatment for your child.

Motility Evaluation Studies: Motility studies help the doctor see how food, fluids, and waste products travel through the GI tract. If any problems are evident, the doctor can determine how to correct or minimize them.

Liver Biopsy: A liver tissue sample is taken for diagnosing various conditions. The doctor will give your child intravenous sedation to keep them comfortable. Local numbing agents are also applied at the site. Tenderness after the procedure may be handled with pain medication.

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