Expert Diagnosis is Key!
Comprehensive evaluation with accurate diagnosis is the foundation for
achieving highly successful outcomes. That’s why it’s important
to seek care from a center that provides academic level care from a multidisciplinary,
specialized team of gastrointestinal experts experienced in the accurate
diagnosis of gastroparesis, as well as other complex gastrointestinal
Beginning with a thorough evaluation that includes a comprehensive physical
exam, personal medical history review and state-of-the-art diagnostic
workup, Hoag’s multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship
trained gastrointestinal experts carefully evaluate and pinpoint the nature
of the issue, so the most appropriate personalized treatment options can
Hoag’s state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies provide our team
with the latest modalities in the accurate diagnosis of gastroparesis
and other disorders. Some of the progressive imaging studies that may
be utilized include:
Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a physician to look inside
the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (part of the small intestine). During
an upper endoscopy, a thin, lighted tube called an endoscope is carefully
guided down the esophagus. The endoscope transmits a high definition image
to a monitor, so the physician can view the lining of these organs. Endoscopy
allows physicians to visualize evidence of gastrointestinal disorders,
as well as possible injuries.
Gastric Emptying Test (GET) is a minimally invasive procedure that measures the speed with which food
empties from the stomach and enters into the small intestine. The GET,
considered the most accurate way to diagnose gastroparesis, requires that
the individual eat a meal in which a solid food (usually eggs or oatmeal)
contains a small and safe amount of a substance that will appear on a
medical scan. A scanner is placed over the abdomen to monitor the food’s
movement through the GI tract.
Gastroduodenal Manometry is a minimally invasive procedure in which a physician passes a thin,
pressure-sensitive tube down the throat and into the stomach and small
intestine. A computer connected to the tube monitors the strength and
coordination of stomach muscle contractions and how well the stomach is emptying.
Electrogastrography (EGG) records the electrical signals in the stomach before and after eating.
An irregular electrical rhythm may indicate the presence of gastroparesis.
It’s important to note that proper diagnosis of gastroparesis is
critical to developing a successful treatment plan. That’s why it’s
so important to seek proper evaluation and treatment from a healthcare
expert experienced in the most advanced gastrointestinal care.
Innovative Treatment for Gastroparesis
When it comes to gastroparesis and other gastrointestinal conditions, Hoag-USC
Surgical Center for Digestive Diseases provides a full array of progressive
treatment options. As a recognized leader and high-volume provider of
innovative gastrointestinal care, Hoag’s multidisciplinary team
of digestive disease experts performs some of the most advanced gastroenterology
procedures available in the nation with clinical outcomes that rival national
figures. (links to new Treatment Options page)
Expert Care You Can Trust!
The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive
Cancer Center, continues to lead the way in complex gastrointestinal care, providing
access to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively
with Hoag-affiliated gastrointestinal surgeons, gastroenterologists and
other medical specialists to provide academic-level care. Hoag’s
accurate diagnosis, combined with
progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes
in the nation.
To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion
consultation with a Hoag gastroenterology expert, visit
Meet the Team, or call us at: 888-566-9712.