Endoscopy for optimum digestive health
You don’t have to live with undiagnosed digestive pain, heartburn, weight loss, vomiting or difficulty swallowing. Grants Pass Surgical Associates can provide answers quickly and comfortably using a non-surgical procedure called endoscopy. We also perform routine colonoscopies to screen for colorectal cancer.
The doctors at Grants Pass Surgical Associates are specialists at detecting all gastrointestinal conditions with the latest tools and techniques. We take special care to make your endoscopy experience painless and stress-free.
Get answers and solutions for gastrointestinal pain.
When your pain or discomfort is in your esophagus (the tube that connects your throat to your stomach), stomach or upper part of the small intestine, we perform an upper endoscopy to detect problems your primary care doctor may have missed. During this diagnostic procedure we insert a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera at its tip—called an endoscope—through the mouth and throat.
The endoscope sends images of your digestive tract to a monitor for evaluation of a range of conditions. (See column at right.)
Schedule your colonoscopy to prevent colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is the most avoidable and treatable form of cancer when detected early. The best way to screen for it is with a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy involves placing an endoscope through the rectum and into the large intestine (colon) to search for precancerous or cancerous growths.
If we find any growths we can remove them during the colonoscopy and test them for cancer. Removing precancerous growths prevents them from becoming cancerous. Colon cancer is slow growing, so even if a growth is cancerous, detecting it early makes the cancer easier to treat.
When to have a colonoscopy
- You are 50 years old and over and have been told by your doctor to get screened.
- You have a family history of colorectal cancer. (Have your first screening 10 years before the age your first-degree relative was diagnosed.)
- You have already been diagnosed with polyps or early stage colorectal cancer.
- You have a family history of inherited breast, uterine or ovarian cancer.
Digestive conditions we monitor include:
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux)
- Esophageal cancer
- Precancerous growths (polyps)
- Bowel obstruction
- Hiatis hernias