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 disorders.

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 be employed.

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 committed to 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.