MemorialCare offers specialized diagnostics and services for digestive disorders at onsite Gastroenterology Labs and a dedicated Bowel Disorder and Motility Center.
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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the United States, affecting 25 - 40 million people, including infants and children. GERD occurs when the stomach’s acidic contents rise up into the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
Functional digestive disorders afflict up to 20 percent of the American population, resulting in at least 3.5 million office visits each year. Studies show that more people would be prompted to seek help for their digestive disorders if they were confident the disorders could be corrected.
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Endoscopy is a visual exam of looking inside the body using an endoscope, a tiny flexible light tube.
Digestive Studies Utilizing Computer-Aided Technology Include:
Esophageal pH study - measuring reflux acids in the esophagus, for patients suffering from heartburn or erosive esophagitis.
Colon motility/transit studies - measuring the movement of waste through the colon with dye, for patients presenting with constipation
Impedance has helped physicians gain a better understanding of the role non-acidic things refluxing from the stomach into the esophagus, and even beyond, into the lungs. Until recently physicians had only the pH test to detect reflux, thus were measuring only acid.
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The Bowel Disorder and Motility Center at Long Beach Medical Center offers advanced digestive diagnostics for bowel disorders.
LINX is the most recent procedure for treating GERD and has proved to be highly effective in relieving severe GERD symptoms completely. The LINX procedure consists of implanting a flexible titanium bracelet with a core of magnetic beads that encircles the malfunctioning lower esophageal sphincter (LES).
Nissen fundoplication has a long track record with exceptional results and can be performed on almost every severe GERD patients. It is the most commonly performed fundoplication worldwide. During the procedure, the surgeon wraps the top part of the stomach around the esophagus to prevent the backflow of acids.
Located throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County, MemorialCare-affiliated physicians are locally and nationally recognized in their area of expertise. We've made it easy to find a quality healthcare provider right in your own backyard.
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