Treatments & Procedures
Specialists at Placentia-Linda Hospital are ready to develop a personalized treatment plan for your digestive disorder. We take great pride in making sure you receive effective treatments for various digestive disorders.
Among the most common treatments and procedures for digestive disorders:
Bravo Ph Monitoring is for acid reflux sufferers.
The Bravo pH Monitoring System can record up to 48 hours of pH data and is used by your doctor to diagnose acid reflux. A pH capsule is attached to the wall of the esophagus during an outpatient procedure. The pH capsule measures and transmits pH data to the portable receiver you carry on your belt or shoulder strap. This data, along with the information you record using the patient diary and/or symptom buttons, is analyzed by a computer. Several days after placement of the pH capsule, it detaches from the esophagus and passes through your system.
A sigmoidoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows the physician to examine the lower one-third of the large intestine. Sigmoidoscopy is helpful in identifying the causes of diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, abnormal growths and bleeding. It may also be used to obtain biopsies and to perform procedures such as removal of polyps or hemorrhoids. Sigmoidoscopy can also be used to screen for colorectal cancer. A short, flexible, lighted tube, called a sigmoidoscope, is inserted into the intestine through the rectum into the lower part of the large intestine. Air is injected into the intestine through the sigmoidoscope to inflate it for better viewing.
The colonoscopy allows the doctor to see the entire length of the large intestine. The procedure also allows the doctor to remove polyps that may be found or conduct a biopsy of any pathology that may be discovered. The procedure is normally done with the patient under sedation.
Fecal Microbiata Transplant (FMT)
A fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) also known as a stool transplant is the process of transplantation of fecal bacteria from a healthy individual into a recipient. FMT involves restoration of the colonic microflora by introducing healthy bacterial flora through infusion of stool, e.g. by enema, orogastric tube or orally in the form of a capsule containing freeze-dried material, obtained from a healthy donor. A limited number of studies have shown it to be an effective treatment for patients suffering from Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), which can range from diarrhea to pseudomembranous colitis. Due to an epidemic of CDI in North America and Europe, FMT has gained increasing prominence, with some experts calling for it to become first-line therapy for CDI. In 2013 a randomized, controlled trial of FMT from healthy donors showed it to be highly effective in treating recurrent C. difficile in adults, and more effective than vancomycin alone. FMT has been used experimentally to treat other gastrointestinal diseases, including colitis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulated human faeces as an experimental drug since 2013.
During laparoscopic surgery, a small, lighted tube is inserted through an incision in the abdomen. Laparoscopy can be used to find cysts, fibroid tumors and infections or to remove tissue that can be biopsied during the procedure.
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