Health Information

  • Abdominal Angiogram

    An angiogram is an imaging test that uses X-rays to look at your blood vessels. An abdominal angiogram looks at the blood vessels in your belly (abdomen). It may be used to check blood flow to the organs of the abdomen, such as the liver and spleen. It may also be used to guide in the placement of medicine or other materials to treat cancer or bleeding in the abdomen.

  • Abdominal Ultrasound

    An abdominal ultrasound is a procedure used to assess the organs and structures within the abdomen (belly). This includes the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen, kidneys, and abdominal aorta. Ultrasound allows your healthcare provider to easily view the abdominal organs and structures from outside the body. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to abdominal organs.

  • Abdominal X-ray

    X-rays use beams of energy that pass through body tissues onto a special film and make a picture. They show pictures of your internal tissues, bones, and organs. Bone and metal show up as white on X-rays. X-rays of the belly may be done to check the area for causes of abdominal pain. It can also be done to find an object that has been swallowed or to look for a blockage or a hole in the intestine.

  • Appendectomy

    An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix when it is infected. This condition is called appendicitis. Appendectomy is a common emergency surgery.

  • Barium Enema

    A barium enema is an imaging test that uses X-rays to look at your lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Your lower GI tract includes the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

  • Barium Swallow

    A barium swallow is an imaging test that uses X-rays to look at your upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Your upper GI tract includes the back of your mouth and throat (pharynx) and your esophagus.

  • Cecostomy

    Cecostomy is a fairly new surgical procedure that is used to clear the bowels of fecal matter. It's typically used for children with fecal incontinence related to severe disorders.

  • Cholecystectomy

    A cholecystectomy is surgery to remove your gallbladder.

  • Colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your healthcare provider check the inside of your entire large intestine or colon.

  • Colostomy

    A colostomy is an operation that creates an opening for the colon, or large intestine, through the abdomen. A colostomy may be temporary or permanent. It is usually performed after bowel surgery or injury.

  • CT Scan of the Abdomen

    CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body. A CT scan shows details of the bones, muscles, fat, soft tissues, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.

  • CT Scan of the Liver and Biliary Tract

    CT scan is a type of imaging test. It uses X-rays and computer technology to make images or slices of the body. A CT scan can make detailed pictures of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.

  • CT Scan of the Pancreas

    CT scan is a type of imaging test. It uses X-rays and computer technology to make images or slices of the body. A CT scan can make detailed pictures of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.

  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

    Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. It combines X-ray and the use of an endoscope--a long, flexible, lighted tube.

  • Upper GI Endoscopy

    An upper GI endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in your upper GI tract (gastrointestinal tract).

  • Gallbladder Scan

    A gallbladder scan is an imaging test to look at your gallbladder and see how well it is working.  This test may also be called a liver-biliary scan because the healthcare provider often looks at the liver at the same time. The liver is near the gallbladder and works closely with it.

  • Laparoscopy

    Laparoscopy uses a thin lighted tube that has a video camera. The tube is called a laparoscope. It is put into a tiny cut or incision in your belly. The video camera images can be seen on a computer screen.

  • Liver Biopsy

    A liver biopsy is a test used to diagnose liver conditions. Tissue samples are removed from your liver and checked under a microscope for signs of damage or disease.

  • Liver Scan

    A liver scan is an imaging test to look at your liver and see how well it is working. This test may also be called a liver-spleen scan because the healthcare provider often looks at the spleen at the same time.

  • Liver Transplant

    A liver transplant is surgery to replace a diseased liver with a healthy liver from another person. A whole liver may be transplanted, or just part of one.

  • Pancreas Scan

    A pancreas scan uses nuclear radiology to search for, and sometime treat, tumors in the pancreas.

  • Pediatric Appendectomy

    A pediatric appendectomy is a surgery that's performed to remove a child's appendix. The appendix is a small pouch that's attached to the large intestine on the lower right side of the abdomen.

  • Sigmoidoscopy

    A sigmoidoscopy is a diagnostic test to check the lower part of your colon or large intestine (the sigmoid colon). This part of your colon is close to your rectum and anus.

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Series

    An upper gastrointestinal series is an imaging test of your esophagus, stomach, and first part of your small intestine (duodenum). The test is done with X-rays after you swallow a special beverage. The beverage contains either contrast or a powder called barium.

  • Virtual Colonoscopy for Colorectal Cancer Screening

    Virtual colonoscopy (also known as CT colonography) is a procedure that is done to look for small polyps or other growths inside your colon. Polyps that grow on the inside lining of the colon sometimes turn into colon cancers.

  • Colectomy

    A colectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat colon diseases. These include cancer, inflammatory disease, or diverticulitis. The surgery involves removing a portion of the colon, which is part of the large intestine.

  • Proctectomy

    Proctectomy is a surgical operation to remove all or part of the rectum. Here is detailed information on this procedure.

  • CT Enterography

    CT enterography is an imaging test that uses CT imagery and a contrast material to view the small intestine. The procedure allows your healthcare provider to determine what is causing your condition. He or she can also tell how well you're responding to treatment for a health issue, such as Crohn's disease.

  • MR Enterography

    Magnetic resonance enterography is an imaging test that lets your doctor see detailed pictures of your small intestine. It can pinpoint inflammation, bleeding, and other problems. It is also called MR enterography.

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

    Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a surgical procedure to treat severe obesity using several small incisions and a laparoscope, which is a small lighted instrument with a tiny camera attached.

  • BPD/DS Weight-Loss Surgery

    BPD/DS is a complex weight-loss surgery that may be recommended for people who are extremely obese and have failed to lose weight through other treatments.

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Weight-Loss Surgery

    Roux-en-Y weight-loss surgery is a procedure that reduces the size of your stomach to a small pouch, reducing the amount of food you can take in.

  • Gastric Restrictive Surgery

    Gastric restrictive surgery is a type of bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery. It limits the amount of food you can eat. This surgery may be used to treat severe obesity when diet, exercise, and medicine have failed.

  • Meckel's Scan

    A Meckel's scan is an imaging test used to detect a Meckel's diverticulum. This is a small, abnormal pocket that forms in the wall of your child's large intestine.

  • Gastric Banding Surgery for Teens

    Gastric banding is a form of weight-loss surgery. It's most often done in adults. But in some cases, it may be an option for a teen.

  • Esophageal Stent Procedure

    Many health problems can partly block a portion of your esophagus. In an esophageal stent procedure, a tube is placed in your esophagus to keep open a blocked area. The tube helps you swallow solids and liquids.

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy for Weight Loss

    Medical nutrition therapy is a type of treatment for people who are overweight. It's also for people with certain health conditions. During treatment, you will work with a registered dietitian to make a nutrition plan just for you.

  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity

    Intensive behavioral therapy is a treatment for obesity. Through this treatment, you learn how to change your eating and exercise habits. This helps you lose weight.

  • Body Contouring After Weight-Loss Surgery

    Body contouring is a type of surgery that improves how you look. It's done after you lose a large amount of weight. This type of surgery gets rid of extra skin folds and other surrounding tissue. This gives your body smoother contours.

  • Belt Lipectomy

    A belt lipectomy is a type of surgery. It's done to remove the loose skin and fat around your waist or "belt line." This is also called an abdominal lipectomy, tummy tuck, and panniculectomy. You may have this surgery after you lose a great deal of weight. This is often done after weight-loss surgery.