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Category Archives: Procedures

Colonoscopy has become an integral part of routine preventive care. While health promotion materials regarding regular colonoscopy screening has become wide-spread, what often remains unclear for patients is just why this exam is so important. By further discussing the need for colonoscopies, it may become apparent how the Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR) further indicates the […]

In honesty, the possibility of needing to have a colonoscopy can be bothersome. No matter how you view it, just the thought of having one can be scary. However, a colonoscopy is a very safe test that has a minimal of risks. In fact, research shows that the risk of complications is extremely low at […]

Conferring to WebMD, a colonoscopy is a test that enables a physician to view the inner lining of your large intestine (colon and rectum). The test involves a colonoscope to allow inspection of the colon, which is a pliable and thin tube that is around 48 in. (125 cm) to 72 in. (183 cm) long. In […]

Colorectal cancer screening highlights just how true it is that, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Consider for a moment that most health screening tests allow only for early detection. While this is an incredibly important process that provides the best chance at full recovery, colorectal cancer screening goes one step further. […]

Therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ECRP) is a procedure used to diagnose and treat diseases of the gall bladder, liver, pancreas and biliary systems. It was first employed in the 1970s in the diagnosis of diseases in these organs, but currently it is also used for therapeutic purposes. Benefits of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ECRP) Dr. Cofrancesco […]

We all have had to deal with digestive issues at some point in our life. Typically, these incidents are not very serious and can be managed with natural home-based remedies or over-the-counter medications. However, if you are having symptoms that have been lasting for a week or more, it is time to see a physician. […]

Cancers of the colon and rectum have good outcomes if found early, and the colonoscopy is the physician’s preferred procedure for detecting them. People in the early stages of colorectal cancer often have no symptoms. That’s why this screening procedure is so important. Using it, a gastroenterologist (a physician who specializes in disease of the […]

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrotomy, or PEG, is a procedure where the physician uses a combination of an endoscope and needle to fit a patient with a feeding tube. At GI North, we routinely use PEG to help individuals who would otherwise require the more invasive laparotomy, or open abdominal procedure. Someone who is unable to eat […]

If you’re having problems bleeding from your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, there might be several different reasons. Some people may have bleeding from hemorrhoids, and other people may be bleeding from the upper GI tract. This type of bleeding can be fatal if left untreated. Emergency treatment should be sought immediately if there is bleeding from […]

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, involves chronic symptoms including heartburn, dry cough, regurgitation and problems swallowing. Although GERD is often a lifelong condition, it is sometimes possible to reduce symptoms by avoiding certain foods and making lifestyle changes. If these measures fail to control GERD symptoms, patients can visit Dr. Cofrancesco at GI […]

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