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Gastroenterology

The Division of Gastroenterology provides expert consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic care to treat all forms of digestive diseases.

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 70 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases such as reflux, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, and various cancers of the digestive tract and abdomen. In fact, one-third of all outpatient visits has something to do with the gut. Armed with less invasive medicine and the experience needed to perform advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, the St. Joseph’s Health (SJH) gastroenterology (GI) team works to meet patients’ expectations of getting back to life quicker with fewer complications.

Our Board-certified physicians use the latest technology, research, and medical advances to deliver comprehensive gastroenterological diagnosis and treatment to our patients.

Care is provided both in the new Outpatient Surgery Center in Wayne, at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center in Wayne depending on the case.

Services Include:

  • Esophageal Manometry (provides a high-resolution manometry which measures the pressure in the esophagus and allows physicians to get a more accurate view of the functionality of the esophagus)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (performed by advanced therapeutic endoscopist Dr. Matthew A. Grossman, used to detect precancerous cells and perform exams in a noninvasive method as well as provide treatment)
  • Minimally Invasive surgical options as well as Laparoscopic Band removals performed nonsurgically (Sohail N. Shaikh,MD, is a gastroenterology interventionist who specializes in surgeries performed by a select few surgeons nationally)
  • Colon Resection Laparoscopic
  • EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
  • Colonoscopy
  • ERCP (study of the biliary system and pancreas
  • Sigmoidoscopy - rigid and flexible
  • PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) - placement of feeding tube
  • Esophageal Manometry - a way to diagnose diseases of function of the esophagus (swallowing tube)
  • 24/48 hour pH study - a test that is useful in helping in the diagnosis of chronic heartburn or reflux. Two different tests can be used, a wireless, tubeless method or one using a fine tube (each test has its own advantages)
  • Hydrogen Breath test - useful in the diagnosis of lactose intolerance or other problems of the small intestine
  • LASER for the treatment of some tumors through a scope
  • Anorectal Manometry - an examination used to diagnose rectal function problems
  • Liver biopsy
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