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Gastroenterology Screenings & Examinations

At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, we offer a wide range of gastroenterology screenings and examinations to detect problems of the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, intestine, liver, colon and bowel. Our expert gastroenterologists (GI doctors) may recommend one or more of the following to diagnose your digestive health condition:

  • Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD) – Uses a lighted, flexible endoscope to see inside the upper GI tract.
  • Colonoscopy – Screens for and detects inflamed tissue, ulcers, abnormal growths, and early signs of colorectal cancer.
  • Cologuard® – Checks your stool for altered DNA and blood – both indicators of cancer or pre-cancer. Please note that if any problems arise from the screening, you may still need a colonoscopy.
  • Therapeutic Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – Identifies stones, tumors or narrowing of bile ducts.
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – Evaluates the wall of the GI tract and organs beyond it to help diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases such as GI cancers, gallstones and pancreas problems.
  • Spyglass Cholangioscopy – Visualizes the inside of a bile duct for stones and tumors and helps in your treatment.
  • Bravo pH Monitoring – Diagnoses acid reflux.
  • ESMO – Diagnoses problems related to difficulty in swallowing.
  • Rectal Manometry – Diagnoses chronic constipation and incontinence.

Additional Gastrointestinal Examination Services

It’s important to talk with your doctor about a screening plan that’s right for you as well as any bowel or digestive problems you’re experiencing. If you need a doctor, find a gastroenterologist today.

Saving Lives through Colonoscopy Screenings

Although the number of deaths due to colorectal cancer decreases each year, it still remains the third most common type of cancer among men and women, excluding skin cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends these colorectal cancer screening guidelines for early detection, beginning at age 50:

  • Annually – Fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test
  • Five Years – Flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema and CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy)
  • 10 Years – Colonoscopy

For more information or to schedule a colonoscopy screening, please call:

  • Brookfield: 262-785-2301
  • Franklin: 414-325-4950
  • Milwaukee: 414-281-1944
  • Racine: 262-687-8374
  • Wauwatosa: 414-771-5900

Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer

If you have any of the following colorectal cancer risk factors, you should begin screening at an earlier age and/or be screened more often.

  • Age 50 or older
  • Race and ethnicity – African-Americans have the highest risk in the U.S.
  • Diet high in red and processed meats
  • Personal history of colorectal polyps
  • Personal history of colorectal cancer
  • Family history of colorectal cancer or polyps in a first-degree relative, especially in a parent or sibling before the age of 45 or in two, first-degree relatives of any age
  • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Inherited syndromes, such as familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Smoking

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