The physicians at Mesa Gastrointestinal Associates are among the most respected in the Arizona gastroenterology community. Each physician is board certified in gastroenterology/hepatology and has undergone extensive training in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. Our nurse practitioners and physician assistants work closely with our physicians to assist in your care.
Colonoscopy is recommended for all adults at age 50 (with average risk) for routine colon cancer screening, whereby a careful examination is performed to discover and remove polyps. This procedure, which is performed under conscious sedation, has many indications including unexplained diarrhea, rectal bleeding, a family history of colon cancer and constipation. This is routinely performed at one of our outpatient endoscopy centers or at the hospital.
Upper Endoscopy (EGD and Enteroscopy)
Upper endoscopy is performed to examine the esophagus, stomach and small bowel for abnormalities. This includes problems related to disorders of swallowing, abdominal pain, black stools, ulcer disease, and abdominal pain. This is routinely performed at one of our outpatient endoscopy centers or at the hospital.
Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS)
This procedure allows your physician to examine your esophageal and stomach linings, and the walls of your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. With the help of an endoscope and an ultrasound probe, your physician will use sound waves to create visual images of your digestive tract. EUS can be used to diagnose conditions that may cause abdominal pain or abnormal weight loss, as well as examine known lumps or lesions.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopanctreatography (ERCP)
This procedure is performed by your physician at the hospital to examine your bile ducts (drainage tubes from the liver/gallbladder) and the pancreas. Tissue can be sampled during this examination if needed, and therapeutics may be required depending on your illness, such as the placement of a stent. This procedure is performed in the hospital.
Wireless Bravo pH Monitoring
Using Upper Endoscopy (see above), a tiny device the size of a vitamin can be temporarily placed inside your esophagus to measure the pH (i.e. acidity) within your esophagus. This information helps with therapies and medicines to treat various symptoms.
This test is performed at the hospital to measure exactly how the esophagus swallows. This allows the physician to diagnose and treat any underlying esophageal disorders.
After ingesting a tiny capsule the size of a vitamin, the physician is able to take thousands of pictures deep within your small bowel, which would normally be outside the reach of standard upper endoscope. This procedure is performed at one of our clinics.
This test is performed by interventional radiologists at the hospital. Under ultrasound guidance, they are able to sample a tiny piece of the liver to help make a diagnosis of an underlying liver ailment.
Our clinic offers on-site Remicade© infusions for new and existing patients. For winter visitors with current/ongoing prescriptions, we are willing and able to meet this need for you.
Symptoms and Conditions We Treat
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Abdominal Pain
- Constipation and Diarrhea
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Colon Polyps
- Colon Cancer
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Liver Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Ulcer Disease