With state-of-the-art equipment and a high definition video system, our focus at Broward Health Imperial Point’s Center for Digestive Health is on preventive screening, accurate diagnosis of disease and effective treatment to restore or maintain your digestive health.
Highly-skilled physicians, nurses and technologists are here to guide you through your test or procedure and keep you as comfortable as possible. Light sedation anesthesia for procedures will help you get back to normal, fast.
Broward Health Imperial Point’s Center for Digestive Health provides the most advanced care for the following conditions:
Barrett’s esophagus is a disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is damaged by stomach acid and changed to a lining similar to that of the stomach.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach to the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.
Radiation proctitis, which involves the lower intestine, is inflammation and damage to the lower parts of the colon after exposure to x-rays or other radiation as part of radiation therapy. Radiation proctitis most commonly occurs after treatment for prostate, colon and cervical cancers.
Procedures performed at the Center for Digestive Health include:
TIF Incisionless Surgery for Heartburn/GERD
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) represents a huge advance in the evolution of surgery. Performed with the new EsophyX® surgical device that is placed through the patient’s mouth, this technique reconstructs a durable anti-reflux valve and tightens the LES (lower esophageal sphincter), re-establishing a barrier to reflex and restoring the competency of the gastroesophageal junction. This advanced procedure results in the effective elimination of GERD symptoms, leaves no visible scarring and allows patients to recover quickly.
Barrx Esophagus Ablation
The Barrx Esophagus Ablation is an incisionless, proactive outpatient procedure that typically takes less than 30 minutes. By using advanced BARRX HALO System technology, we are able to remove the diseased layer of cells from the esophagus without injury to underlying healthy tissue. Patients can expect a re-growth of their normal cells within three to four weeks.
Capsule Endoscopy is a procedure using a tiny wireless camera that sits inside of a vitamin-sized capsule that you swallow. This allows the camera to take pictures of your digestive tract. The camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder you wear on a belt around your waist as the capsule travels throughout your digestive tract.
Small Bowel Enteroscopy
A small bowel enteroscopy is a procedure used to examine the gastrointestinal bleeding, small bowel tumors, polyps, or other small bowel diseases.
During the procedure, a doctor inserts a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope into a patient’s mouth to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and portions of the small intestine (small bowel). If growths or other abnormalities are found during the test, the physician may remove the abnormal tissue for further examination or biopsy.
Halo Procedure/Barrett’s Esophagus Ablation
The HALO procedure consists of ablative therapy to the patient’s esophagus. The HALO ablation technology is designed specifically to remove the diseased tissue and allow new, healthy tissue to re-grow. This allows for large areas of Barrett’s esophagus to be effectively treated. More importantly, this procedure can remove precancerous lesions from the esophagus and alleviate the patient’s wait-time and anxiety that often accompany this diagnosis.
For more information about our services or to find a doctor, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.