Sarasota Memorial offers a full range of medical treatments for digestive diseases, including illness or injuries affecting the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and colon.
Early diagnosis & staging of gastrointestinal and lung disease
Sarasota Memorial physicians use endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) to examine the lining and walls of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract and nearby organs such as the gall bladder, liver and pancreas, liver, and gallbladder. Endoscopic ultrasound involves passing a thin, flexible tube (endoscope) through a patient's mouth or anus to assess surrounding tissue and the size and position of abnormal nodules. When indicated, EUS can also guide fine-needle biopsy of lymph nodes and tumors and other treatments, offering a safe, minimally invasive alternative to surgery.
Sarasota Memorial is one of few medical centers in the United States with a multi-disciplinary cancer team experienced at performing complex and minimally invasive surgery for gastrointestinal cancers and conditions. Learn more >>>
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Sarasota Memorial’s gastroenterologists specialize in the use of ERCP to assess and treat problems in the bile ducts and gall bladder. ERCP is a combination of endoscopic and X-ray imaging that helps physicians assess the biliary tract; it usually is performed when obstruction of cystic, bile or pancreatic duct is suspected. During ERCP, a gastroscope – a flexible viewing tube - is passed through the mouth toward the duodenum. An X-ray image is performed to check for blockage, usually caused by gallstones, scars, inflammation, or cancer). Small stones can be removed or a stent inserted to open the affected duct. When indicated, ERCP can also be used to biopsy tissue when cancer is suspected.
Learn more about endoscopic ultrasound and ERCP in this educational video on our YouTube channel.
Radiofrequency ablation for GERD and Barrett’s Esophagus
Sarasota Memorial is one of the leading centers nationwide using radiofrequency ablation to treat damage and precancerous Barrett’s esophagus caused by chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). SMH gastroenterologists joined those from hospitals in Chicago, Atlanta and Nashville in demonstrating the importance of early treatment of Barrett's with radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive therapy that uses energy to burn off precancerous cells lining the esophagus. .
Learn more about RF ablation and Barrett’s esophagus.
National Recognized for Quality & Safety
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has awarded Sarasota Memorial’s Endoscopy Department a certificate of recognition for promoting quality in endoscopy. Since 2008, the ASGE has honored endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines.
For information about our gastroenterology services or a referral to one of our physician specialists, call (941) 917-7777 or browse or online physician directory.