The American College of Gastroenterology reports that more than 95 million Americans experience a digestive problem. Common digestive health problems include:
- Chronic indigestion.
- Gastric reflux.
- Asthma with suspected reflux.
- Rectal bleeding.
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
- Liver diseases.
- Lactose intolerance.
- Non-cardiac chest pain.
At Mobile Infirmary, a state-of-the-art endoscopic imaging system helps doctors diagnose diseases in the upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The technology combines high-definition television (HDTV) technology with narrow band imaging (NBI). Together, HDTV and NBI deliver vivid, sharp images of the GI tract that can lead to more accurate diagnoses.
More treatment options are also now available for patients who suffer from chronic acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal disease (GERD). The latest is an incisionless procedure, known as transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF). It is performed through the mouth and generally takes less than one hour. Most patients go home the next day. In clinical studies of patients two years after surgery, 79 percent remained off medications, and 70 percent experienced no symptoms at all.
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