Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Clinical Services

The Gastroenterology Division provides excellent care in the areas of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), malabsorption disorders (problems with digestion or absorption of nutrients), acute and chronic liver disease (hepatitis), liver and intestine transplantation, pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis, and nutrition evaluation and management.

For appointments, please call: Central Scheduling (206) 987-2521 option 1

Specialty Lab Services Offered

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

  • Upper intestinal endoscopy commonly known as EGD – an exam of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine.
  • Colonoscopy – an exam of the colon and lower part of the small intestine lining
  • Tissue biopsy of the large and small intestine – a small tissue sample is taken from the lining of the esophagus, stomach, small or large intestine using an endoscope
  • Endoscopic interventional procedures:
    • Endoscopic feeding tube placement
    • Foreign object removal
    • Widening a narrow part of esophagus (esophageal dilation)
    • Polyp removal
    • Treating gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Capsule endoscopy – a patient swallows a tiny pill that allows doctors to see images of the intestinal tract
  • ERCP – a specialized endoscopic test that evaluates the connecting tubes of the liver, gall bladder and pancreas. This is done for both testing and treatment.

pH Probe Monitoring

  • A 24–hour test using a small, soft tube inserted through the nose that measures the amount of acid reflux in the esophagus.

Liver Biopsy

A tissue sample is taken from the liver to evaluate acute and chronic liver diseases.

Motility Testing

  • Esophageal manometry – a procedure to determine how well the muscle of the esophagus works.
  • Anorectal manometry – a procedure to evaluate the function of the lower intestine, used to diagnose the cause of chronic constipation or fecal incontinenece.

Related Services

  • General Surgery
  • Transplantation

For more information on this specialty, please visit the Gastroenterology and Hepatology webpage.