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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.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP)
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography is a diagnostic procedure done to examine for diseases of the liver, bile ducts, and pancreas. A flexible tube is put down the throat, through the stomach, and into the small intestine. The physician can see through the tube and inject dye into the drainage tube (duct) of the pancreas or bile duct so that the area can be seen more clearly on an x-ray. ERCP can treat certain problems during the test. In some cases your doctor can insert small tools through the scope to take a sample of tissue (biopsy) from an abnormal growth, remove a gallstone in the common bile duct, and open a narrowed bile duct using a stent.
The Latest Technology
Broward County's first CyberKnife®, in use at Broward Health North, is designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body, pain-free. A non-invasive alternative to conventional surgery, the CyberKnife® works with sub-millimeter accuracy and unsurpassed flexibility tracking tumors in the brain, spine, lungs, liver, pancreas and prostate. It delivers radiation beams with a superior range of positions allowing access to a tumor from any direction.
Because of its precision and continuous imaging, the CyberKnife® ensures target accuracy without manually repositioning patients – treating what were once considered "inoperable" tumors. This non-invasive, pain-free technology allows patients to resume normal lives with minimal recovery time and risk.
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Salah Foundation Children's Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center & Broward Health Coral Springs
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316