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Gastrointestinal (GI) Care

Gastrointestinal Labs at Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital Central
1400 E. Boulder St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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719-365-5543

 

Hospital operator: 719-365-5000
Free garage parking & valet

 

Memorial Hospital North
4050 Briargate Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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719-364-1773
 

Hospital operator: 719-364-5000
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At our gastrointestinal (GI) labs at Memorial Hospital Central (MHC) and Memorial Hospital North (MHN), we evaluate and treat gastrointestinal illnesses on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. These procedures are non-surgical. The MHC GI Lab handles between 350 and 400 cases each month in its four procedure rooms. The MHN GI Lab treats about 150 cases in two procedure rooms each month. Please note: Memorial Hospital North does not take patients under the age of 16.

Patients range from infants to geriatric patients. As part of the Memorial Hospital for Children, the GI Lab at Memorial Hospital Central has two pediatric gastroenterologists on staff.

 

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Procedures

The most common procedures performed in our GI Labs are as follows:

  • Colonoscopy

  • During a colonoscopy, a flexible fiber-optic endoscope is passed through the rectum into the large intestine to look for abnormalities. Any polyps or abnormalities that are discovered are biopsied and/or removed.

    The American Cancer Society has established screening guidelines for individuals to screen for colorectal cancer. The disease is highly curable when found early through preventive screenings.

    Individuals should talk to their doctor about screening earlier or more frequently if they have colorectal cancer risk factors, such as a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps.

Did you know?

The colorectal cancer is highly curable when found early through preventive screenings. The American Cancer Society created the following guidelines for individuals to screen for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50:

 

Tests that find polyps and cancer:

  • colonoscopy every 10 years flexible
  • sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • double contrast barium enema every 5 years
  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years

Tests that primarily find cancer:

  • fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every year
  • fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year
  • stool DNA test (sDNA), interval uncertain

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  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD

  • During this procedure a flexible fiber-optic endoscope is inserted through the mouth, passed through the throat and into the upper digestive tract. The lining of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum and upper portion of the small intestine are checked for abnormalities including polyps and ulcers.
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography or ERCP

  • Again a fiber-optic endoscope is inserted into the mouth and passed through the esophagus into the stomach and duodenum. X-ray dye is injected into the bilary and/or pancreatic ducts so they can be seen on x-rays. Commonly this test is used to diagnose enlarged bile ducts and to remove stones or place a stent.
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

  • This procedure, performed only at MHC, uses a special endoscope that can be inserted through the mouth and esophagus or rectally. The scope allows the doctor to examine the tissue for tumors and if found, use a fine needle to collect a sample for biopsy.