Gastroenterologist Dr. Angie Sadeghi, MD is committed to the health of her patients and performs a number of procedures in her office. These procedures are integral in accurately diagnosing and treating a number of digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, nausea, vomiting and ulcers.
Using a thin, flexible tube with a camera and a light source on the end, a colonoscopy is performed to examine the inner lining of the large intestine, which includes the rectum and the colon. During a colonoscopy, a biopsy can also be performed to collect tissue samples.
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is performed to allow your doctor to see inside the rectum and Sigmoid colon. A special instrument known as a Sigmoidoscope, which is shorter than the colonoscope used during a colonoscopy, is used during this procedure. This procedure is often used to treat internal hemorrhoids, colon polyps and inflammatory bowel disease.
When the tube that carries food and liquid to the stomach is too narrow, it can lead to choking and difficulty swallowing. Esophageal dilation is a procedure in which narrow sections of the esophagus are widened using a balloon or plastic dilator. As the balloon or dilator expands, the esophagus is opened up, making it easier to swallow.
Enlarged veins that develop in the anal canal are known as hemorrhoid. They are rarely a serious medical concern, but they can be extremely uncomfortable. When hemorrhoids cause problems despite changes to diet and bowel habits, they need to be removed. Hemorrhoid banding is a procedure in which a small rubber band is placed around the hemorrhoid. This ligates the hemorrhoid and is typically very effective or stopping bleeding and other problems.
An upper endoscopy is performed to search for abnormalities and diagnose problems affecting the upper GI tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and the beginning of the small intestine, which is known as the duodenum. The procedure is performed using a small video camera and light attached to a flexible tube.
Dr. Angie is an expert in all areas of the digestive system, and she is passionate about helping her patients live healthy lives. For more information about any of these procedures or to schedule an appointment, please call 949-287-6880.