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Specialty services

FirstHealth offers a number of specialty services including:

Colorectal Cancer Screening
Endoscopy
Hepatology services
Palliative Services
Pancreatobiliary Conditions

Specialized services include advanced hemostatic techniques (band ligation, clipping, argon plasma and coagulation), as well as a biliary center for performing ERCP examinations and endoscopic ultrasonography.

In addition, FirstHealth offers the latest in gastrointestinal testing, such as Bravo pH monitoring, pancreatic function testing and breath testing for lactase deficiency, bacterial overgrowth and H. pylori. Capsule endoscopy for the evaluation of small intestinal disorders, including occult gastrointestinal bleeding, abdominal pain and suspected Crohn’s disease, is available.

Colorectal Cancer Screening

FirstHealth has an active program for colon cancer screening and offers “open access” colonoscopy screening for average risk individuals, as well as those with blood in the stool or a family history of colorectal cancer. If cancer is found, your primary care physician may choose to refer you for further care by one of several outstanding surgeons and oncologists on staff at FirstHealth.

Endoscopy

The term “endoscopy” refers to a technique used for looking inside the body using miniature cameras mounted on the end of long flexible tubes that can be inserted into the body through the mouth or rectum. FirstHealth’s diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy services are dedicated to the efficient, safe and appropriate utilization of endoscopy for individual patient care and management.

Hepatology services

FirstHealth offers comprehensive hepatology services, including the diagnosis and management of viral, autoimmune and metabolic liver diseases. We work closely with surgeons, oncologists, interventional radiologists (for TIPS and tumor ablation techniques) and transplant referral centers.

The unit has extensive experience in the management of complex patients with viral hepatitis, portal hypertension and end-stage liver disease.

Palliative Services

A number of FirstHealth’s services are intended to offer comfort to patients with feeding difficulties related to a serious illness.

For example, we can enable patients with esophageal cancer to eat normally by placing an endoscopic stent in the esophagus, allowing food to pass beyond the cancerous area into the stomach. This procedure can replace a gastrostomy tube and offer patients the pleasure of eating.

For patients with conditions that cannot be stented, such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) or the aftermath of stroke, a gastrostomy tube can offer them the opportunity of being fed at home.

Pancreatobiliary Conditions

FirstHealth is skilled in the treatment and evaluation of patients with gallbladder disease, pancreatitis and pancreatobiliary cancer. Services include diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound and specialized MRI imaging of the pancreas and bile ducts.

 
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