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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more


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Is an upper GI endoscopy considered surgery?

Is an upper GI endoscopy considered surgery?

No: It is an outpatient procedure where an endoscope is descended through the mouth to look at the upper gastrointestinal tact, the patient is sedated lightly and some biopsies can be taken, but it is not considered surgery. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic tests for hirschsprung disease post transanal endorectal?

What are the diagnostic tests for hirschsprung disease post transanal endorectal?

Rectal suction biops: Rectal suction biopsy can be diagnostic. If indeterminate you need a full thickness biopsy ...Read more

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Could a gastroenteologist perform surgical procedures of the digestive system ?

Could a gastroenteologist perform surgical procedures of the digestive system ?

Very Limitted: to those performed endoscopically, but actual surgery of the GI tract in an operating room setting is done by Colon and rectal surgeon or general surgeons depending on the area you live in. ...Read more

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What is screening vs diagnostic procedure?

What is screening vs diagnostic procedure?

Excellent question!: Screening means checking for something when you don't have any symptoms (e.g., screening mammograms). Diagnostic procedures are done in order to figure out what is causing some problem (e.g., mammograms to see what is causing a breast lump). A list of needed screenings by age can be found in an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Would an upper GI endoscopy reveal celiac disease?

Would an upper GI endoscopy reveal celiac disease?

Depends: A person would need to be consuming at least some gluten on a daily basis for 3 weeks prior to the studies for a biopsy to obtain tissue consistent with the diagnosis. That could be as little as a slice of wheat bread/day, but someone who has been avoiding gluten can make the study less accurate. Just looking (endoscopy) is not diagnostic. ...Read more

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Is an upper endoscopy necessary before laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Is an upper endoscopy necessary before laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Generally no: However, depending on your surgeon's practice and your specific condition, an upper endoscopy may be performed. Some surgeons may request an ERCP to open and or clear the bile ducts. ...Read more

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Which diagnostic procedures can investigate penis numbness?

Which diagnostic procedures can investigate penis numbness?

Here are some...: Detailed general and specific history & targeted physical exam will more surely provide a reasonable diagnosis, and tests merely confirms clinical suspicion but would not help how to treat and manage what might have been happening to you. Clinically, penile numbness suggests the nerve to the penis is being irritated by some causes. Ask doc on how to figure the things out for you. ...Read more

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Is anesthesia considered necessary for a diagnostic laparoscopy?

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Is anesthesia considered necessary for a diagnostic laparoscopy?

Yes: Typically, general anesthesia is needed with laparoscopic procedures since the surgeon needs to put a co2 (a gas) in the abdomen and breathing on your own can be impaired then. ...Read more

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Is endoscopy with general anesthesia?

Is endoscopy with general anesthesia?

Twilight: Typically it is done in a sedative state known as conscious sedation but depending on the depth and reflex, general anesthesia may be necessary or occur. ...Read more

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Is a general surgeon qualified to perform gastric bypass surgery?

Is a general surgeon qualified to perform gastric bypass surgery?

Yes, but inquire exp: All bariatric-only surgeons started as general surgeons. Surgeons who do a variety of procedures are sometimes your best technical operators. You do want to ask about experience. Also want to make sure he/she has a good after-surgery program. Finally, look for a compassionate surgeon. ...Read more

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Diagnostic assessment before fontan operation in patients with bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis: are noninvasive methods sufficient?

Diagnostic assessment before fontan operation in patients with bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis: are noninvasive methods sufficient?

Not traditionally: I don't believe so. There may be some programs that will experiment with noninvasive pre-fontan imaging, but i believe that this is risky. The pressures are obtainable only by catheterization and this data may change the operation (e.g., whether or not to fenestrate the fontan to allow a pop-off of blue blood to increase the cardiac output.) catheterization also allows presurgical interventions. ...Read more

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Will the EUS cancer staging results likely be different if the procedure is performed by different endoscopists? Resource to find a good endoscopist?

Will the EUS cancer staging results likely be different if the procedure is performed by different endoscopists? Resource to find a good endoscopist?

EUS Staging: The accuracy of eus for assessment of t stage in esophageal carcinoma is 80–85% . Accuracy varies within each t stage and is generally best for T3 (liothyronine) and T4 tumors. Accuracy is least good for t2 tumors where it ranges from 65 to 73% possibly because of difficulty detecting foci of microscopic invasion. Check whether your endoscopy group is certified by the asge. ...Read more

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What is a diagnostic procedure that involves tissue removal sample?

What is a diagnostic procedure that involves tissue removal sample?

A biopsy: A biopsy is a procedure to remove a small piece of tissue that is then examined by a pathologist to come up with a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What treatments can be done through an ercp scope?

What treatments can be done through an ercp scope?

Many: Treatment probably includes diagnosis as well as therapy. Structures can be 'illuminated', tissue can be obtained (biopsies for pathologist to examine), bleeding can be halted, stones removed, areas of narrowing opened. How's that for starters? It can also be done as a complement to other studies to complete the evaluation process. If you've been offered one, you must discuss the rationale... ...Read more

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