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SOUTH DENVER GASTROENTEROLOGY, P.C.

GERD & Esophageal Disorders

Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a common, sometimes chronic condition. Many patients may attempt to manage GERD on their own. When symptoms are severe or ongoing, South Denver GI has the expertise needed to get you back to health. Our physicians and advanced practice providers offer state-of-the-art diagnosis, care and outcomes for patients diagnosed with GERD and other esophageal diseases, including swallowing problems and motility disorders, in an outpatient setting. 

Ten to twenty percent of patients diagnosed with GERD will develop Barrett’s esophagus. If left untreated, Barrett’s esophagus can progress to esophageal cancer. To help identify precancerous cells at earlier stages, South Denver GI was the first GI practice in Denver to add WATS3D to esophageal biopsies. This biopsy brush results in a tissue sample that is 50X thicker than the current clinical standard and cannot be analyzed by a standard microscope. As a result, cells can be treated or removed long before they can turn into esophageal cancer. 

Achalasia

This rare condition occurs when the nerves in the esophagus become damaged or stop working. The condition causes the esophagus to be unable to move food and liquids down into the stomach. Three tests are commonly performed to diagnose achalasia.

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Barrett's Esophagus

Chronic GERD (acid reflux) can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, which causes a change in the cells that line the esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. It is most common in white, middle age men.

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Barrx (RFA Therapy for Barrett's Esophagus)

This minimally invasive and safe outpatient procedure uses heat (radio frequency ablation) to remove precancerous cells from the esophagus. It is a treatment option for patients diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus to remove tissue damaged by the condition and preserve underlying healthy tissue.

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Bravo Esophageal pH Testing

If your doctor suspects that you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may be asked to take a Bravo pH test. Over a 48-hour period, a small capsule device will be attached to the lower part of the esophagus to record the acid it is sensing.

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

When this allergic condition occurs, the esophagus becomes inflamed and does not contract properly. This results in damage and inflammation, which can cause pain and trouble swallowing.

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Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer commonly begins in the cells that line the esophagus, though it can occur anywhere along the esophagus. If you have been diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, you have an increased risk for developing esophageal cancer.

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Esophageal Diseases

There are a collection of conditions that affect the esophagus’ ability to work properly. The most common type is GERD. Medications, along with dietary and lifestyle changes, can help treat these conditions.

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Esophageal Manometry

Esophageal manometry is a test that shows whether your esophagus is working properly. This test measures the contractions, force and coordination of the esophageal muscles, and it is commonly recommended if you are experiencing painful swallowing, difficulty swallowing, chest pain or heartburn.

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Esophageal Motility Disorders

When the nerves or muscles of the digestive tract or gut do not work properly, swallowing or digestive problems may occur. Many different factors can play a role in the development of these disorders, which is why a physical examination and further testing may be recommended.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

GERD is a common condition in which stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. If you’re experiencing severe or ongoing symptoms of GERD, South Denver GI offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment to improve your health.

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Swallowing Problems (Dysphagia)

Dysphagia, or trouble swallowing, is caused by issues in the throat or esophagus. Some people with dysphagia may have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others will not be able to swallow at all.

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WATS3D

Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus is damaged by acid reflux. Over time, this condition is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. WATS3D is a revolutionary technology that uses artificial intelligence and 3D imaging to accurately identify and remove precancerous cells in the esophagus. South Denver GI is the first practice in Denver to offer this technology to our patients.

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Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

An upper endoscopy is a procedure a doctor uses to look at the inner lining of the upper digestive tract. During this outpatient procedure, a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube is used to view the area and diagnose conditions of the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine.

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Procedures & Prep

Find detailed instructions for your upcoming procedure at South Denver GI, including prep instructions for a colonoscopy or fleets enema. These instructions are available for PDF download. Call 303-788-8888 with any questions about your procedure or prep instructions.

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Request Appointment

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