Gastroenterologists in Miami, Florida
Many people experience digestive issues from time to time, but sometimes these issues can impact their quality of life. The gastrointestinal (GI) specialists at Mercy Miami Hospital expertly diagnose and treat digestive disorders so our patients can get back to living life uninterrupted.
To learn more about the digestive health services we offer, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (305) 285-2929.
What is digestive health?
When our gastroenterological health is in order, our digestive tract works to ensure we are digesting nutrients to fuel our bodies. However, sometimes viruses, bacteria, specific foods or stress can cause digestive disorders. If you regularly experience symptoms like heartburn, gas, constipation, diarrhea or stomach pain, our GI doctors and staff can help.
Whether you experience an occasional upset stomach or a more challenging condition like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), our skilled gastroenterologists are ready to diagnose your condition and provide the effective treatment needed to improve your GI health.
One of the most common concerns for individuals experiencing digestive issues is the possibility of colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer. Our GI doctors and surgeons use early screening and innovative procedures to prevent, diagnose and treat colorectal cancer.
Mercy Hospital combines state-of-the-art technology and highly trained staff to diagnose and manage gastrointestinal disorders. Our services include but are not limited to:
- Gastroscopy—An outpatient procedure where a thin, flexible tube is inserted through the throat and used to view the stomach and small intestine.
- Colonoscopy—An outpatient procedure where the colon and rectum are examined with a fiberoptic camera.
- Percutaneous endoscopy gastrostomy (PEG)—A medical procedure where a PEG tube is directed into the patient's stomach through the abdominal wall, usually for feeding.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)—A procedure used to examine the pancreatic and bile ducts.
- High-resolution esophageal manometry—A technique that allows precise assessment of esophageal movement.
- High-resolution anorectal manometry—A technique that allows precise assessment of anal and rectal movement.
- Pudendal nerve study—A study that evaluates the nerve connecting to the anal sphincter.
- Electromyography (EMG)—A procedure that measures electrical activity after a muscle has been stimulated by a nerve.
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)—A procedure where ultrasound testing is used to take pictures of internal organs.
- SpyGlass® system—A system that allows the viewing of pancreatic and bile ducts with a single operator.
- Choledoscopy—An examination of the bile duct with the use of a fiberoptic endoscope (a thin tube with a light at the end) for direct visualization of the biliary tree during ERCP (viewing of the bile ducts).
- Nissen fundoplication—A surgical procedure used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Endoscopic ultrasound imaging
An endoscopic ultrasound, or EUS, combines ultrasound technology with endoscopy. The coordinated efforts of gastroenterologists and surgeons provide a wide range of diagnosis and treatment options for digestive diseases, including conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and colon.
The procedure is performed by inserting an endoscope with an ultrasound transducer on its tip into the digestive tract, either through the mouth or the rectum. This allows for the close positioning of the transducer at the region of interest, offering physicians clearer images. For the patient, both the preparation and the procedure itself are about the same as conventional upper or lower GI endoscopy.
Physicians are able to see internal organs without making an incision, allowing them to see beyond the innermost lining of the digestive tract and visualize all five layers as well as surrounding tissue and organs. EUS provides a diagnostic option that is free of radiation.
The high-resolution image allows the diagnosis and staging of various lesions located in and around the GI tract. Because EUS provides more detailed information about tissue, blood flow dynamics or tumor invasion depths, your gastroenterologist can more effectively determine the best possible treatment to patients.
For more information on endoscopic ultrasound imaging or for a physician referral, call (305) 285-2929.
Common endoscopic ultrasound uses
EUS can be used to:
- Diagnose and stage gastrointestinal, esophageal, gastric, rectal and pancreatic cancers
- Evaluate patients with Barrett’s esophagus (excessive tissue) with high-grade dysplasia
- Detect common bile duct stones (EUS is less invasive than conventional ERCP)
- Diagnose diseases of the internal organs
- Collect fluid samples from the abdominal cavity
Conditions diagnosed with endoscopic ultrasound
- Ampullary carcinoma
- Anal sphincter and incontinence
- Barrett's esophagus with high-grade dysplasia
- Common bile duct stones
- Gastric cancer and MALT lymphoma
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Esophageal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Neuroendocrine tumors
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cystic neoplasms of the pancreas
- Rectal cancer
- Rectal fistulas
- Smooth muscle tumors