Gastrointestinal procedures center
The gastrointestinal procedures center at Memorial Health believes that informed patients make better medical choices and have better overall health. Our gastrointestinal center earned recognition from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for our commitment to patient safety and quality.
We encourage you and your loved ones to talk with your doctor about any questions or concerns you have before your procedure.
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Gastrointestinal Procedures at Memorial Health
4700 Waters Ave
Savannah, GA 31404
Gastrointestinal diagnostic unit
The gastrointestinal diagnostic unit (GIDU) cares for both outpatients and inpatients. The unit conducts pre-procedure testing and preparation as well as care before and after the procedure. The team in the GIDU includes specially trained nurses, endoscopy technicians and anesthesia professionals.
Patients are referred to the GIDU for a wide range of procedures, including:
- Ablation of Barrett’s esophagus
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
- Esophageal and colonic dilatation
- Esophageal manometry
- Pain management procedures
- Percutaneous feeding tube placement (PEG)
- pH studies
- Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF Procedure)
Memorial Health is pleased to be the only hospital in Savannah to offer the TIF procedure. TIF is a minimally invasive procedure for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that is performed completely without incisions. Patients experience less pain and fewer complications with a faster recovery time than conventional surgery.
These services, along with many more, allow us to treat several gastrointestinal conditions, including:
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Colorectal cancer
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)/Heartburn
A colonoscopy procedure lets your doctor see directly inside your entire colon using a flexible tube. It can detect intestinal problems such as bleeding or early sings of colorectal cancer.
Before your colonoscopy, you must go through a bowel preparation process to cleanse the colon. Your doctor will prescribe a medication that causes diarrhea to empty all stool from the colon. This is necessary because stool inside the colon may prevent your physician from clearly seeing any abnormalities, such as colon polyps.
Your doctor will prescribe the type of bowel prep that is best for you. In general, you can expect the following:
One week before your colonoscopy, stop taking any fiber supplements.
One week before and one week after the procedure, stop taking any aspirin-containing products or anti-inflammatory products (Motrin, Goody or BC Powders, Aleve or Naproxen), unless otherwise directed by your physician.
48 hours before your procedure, stop eating solid foods. You should only consume clear liquids, coffee or tea with no milk, cream or sugar. Do not consume red Jell-O, Popsicles or liquids. During the procedure, these items can look like blood in the colon. Do not consume any alcoholic beverages.
48 hours before your procedure, start your bowel prep as directed by your physician. You may be asked to take a laxative and/or drink a substance that helps empty your bowel. The bowel cleansing agents may cause the following symptoms. Call your physician if you experience problems.
- Chills: this can be caused if the solution is too cold or if your electrolytes shift.
- Nausea or vomiting: stop drinking the solution for a short period and resume when the nausea passes. If nausea and vomiting persist, please notify your physician’s office.
- Bloating: walk around to ease the discomfort, but stay near a restroom.
The day before your procedure, continue a liquid diet but DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure unless instructed by your physician.