Digestive Tests & Procedures
Access a wide range of digestive health tests and procedures close to home at Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir, North Carolina.
Digestive Health Endoscopies
Your doctor may recommend an endoscopy to see inside your body to diagnose or treat a health condition. Endoscopic procedures use a scope – long, thin tube with a tiny light and camera on the end.
Trust the team at Caldwell UNC to help you feel as comfortable as possible before, during, and after your endoscopy. Before your procedure, you’ll take medicine that prevents pain and helps you relax.
Upper GI Endoscopy
Your doctor may use an upper GI endoscopy to look at your esophagus, stomach or upper part of your small intestine.
If you have heartburn or trouble swallowing because an area of your esophagus is too narrow, your doctor may use special tools to stretch it. This is called esophageal dilatation.
Colonoscopy & Sigmoidoscopy
Colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy are tests that allow your doctor to examine your large intestine. Your doctor may use these tests to:
- Screen for colorectal cancer
- Find and remove colon polyps
- Help diagnose digestive disorders and colorectal cancer
Take advantage of noninvasive capsule endoscopy at Caldwell UNC. Your doctor may recommend this test as an alternative to a colonoscopy. The test is painless and doesn’t require you to go to the hospital. Capsule endoscopy can monitor bleeding, iron deficiency anemia, and Crohn’s disease lesions.
You swallow a capsule with a tiny camera inside. The camera provides high-definition pictures of your colon. The capsule passes out of your body through your stool in a couple days.
Minimally Invasive Anti-Reflux Surgery
If you’re not able to control your gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with medicine and dietary changes, ask about laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. This minimally invasive procedure strengthens the muscles that prevent stomach acid from getting into your esophagus.
Preparing for Your Procedure
Your doctor will give you instructions about how to prepare for your test or procedure. Follow his or her instructions to help your appointment go as smoothly as possible.