Treatments & Procedures
Dr. M. Mazen Jamal and the caring professionals at Oceana Gastroenterology treat patients like you from the Corona, Riverside, and Inland Empire areas of California every day. We are devoted to finding you the best possible relief for your particular GI issue.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders
Oftentimes, diagnosis and treatment can be conducted during the same procedure. For example, during any endoscopy – a minimally invasive procedure in which a thin, flexible tube (endoscope) with a camera and light is guided through the digestive tract to look for abnormalities – instruments can also be passed through the endoscope to perform treatments on the spot to:
- stop bleeding
- remove abnormal tissue for biopsy
- expand a narrowed GI passageway (“lumen”), such as with the placement of stents
The procedures we offer to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases and disorders include:
- Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS) – an endoscopy that allows for high-quality ultrasound imaging of organs near the GI tract, which may be used to identify the extent or spread of certain cancers and obtain a fine-needle biopsy of any abnormal areas.
- Therapeutic ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) – an endoscopy to evaluate and treat problems affecting the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, pancreatic duct, and bile ducts.
- Colonoscopy – an endoscopy to evaluate the lining of the lower GI tract – the large intestine (colon) and rectum – for any abnormal growths called polyps. The endoscope enters the GI tract via the anus in this procedure.
- Upper Endoscopy – an endoscopy to evaluate the lining of the upper GI tract – the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine) – to look for any abnormalities that may be the cause of a patient’s symptoms. The endoscope enters the GI tract via the mouth in this procedure.
- Bravo pH Testing – a capsule placed in the esophagus measures acidity (pH) levels over a 48 - 96 hour period. It stores the data in a recorder worn outside the body and then passes naturally with a bowel movement. This procedure allows a gastroenterologist to gauge the severity of a patient’s acid reflux symptoms and diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Capsule Endoscopy – a capsule is swallowed and collects data as it passes through the GI tract, which are stored in a recorder worn outside the body. The pill-sized capsule is naturally excreted with a bowel movement 8 - 72 hours later. This procedure allows analysis of all of the small intestine – duodenum, jejunum, ileum – which otherwise cannot be seen via a traditional colonoscopy or upper endoscopy. It is used to diagnose and treat ulcers, bleeding, polyps, and more.
At Oceana Gastroenterology, we have a variety of approaches to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal disorders. Make sure you’re getting the help you need to find relief from your GI symptoms. Call us today at (951) 934-0505 or use our appointment request form to schedule your consultation with one of our providers.