Aurora West Allis Medical Center
Aurora West Allis Medical Center is a full service community hospital that offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment procedures in digestive health. Patients with various digestive disorders are seen in the Outpatient Gastrointestinal Lab for endoscopy procedures. These disorders may include: heartburn, difficulty swallowing, stomach ulcers, bleeding during bowel movements, constipation, diarrhea, colitis, colon polyps, gallstones, and liver disorders.
Diagnostic and treatment procedures
The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal problems. For accurate diagnosis, a lighted endoscope is passed into the stomach, small or large intestine where a tissue sample can be obtained. In addition, physicians can treat a number of disorders through the endoscope, thus avoiding surgery in some cases. Bleeding from ulcers or vessels, stone or tumor blockages of the bile duct, and narrowing of the food pipe causing difficulty swallowing are some of the problems which can be treated in this way.
Advanced cancer causing narrowing of the esophagus or bowel can be treated by placing a self-expandable tube or stent in the occluding tumor. This nonsurgical procedure helps to widen the lumen and improves patient comfort. Screening for colorectal cancer by colonoscopy is also available.