About Your Health

Our primary focus at The Endoscopy Center at St. Mary is always the health and well being of our patients.  We are proud of our exceptional, individualized care, and continually strive to meet the medical needs of the community by providing accessible, affordable, and personalized service in the area of gastroenterology.  

According to Wikipedia, 2012, “Preventive medicine or preventive care refers to measures taken to prevent diseases, [1] (or injuries) rather than curing them or treating their symptoms…”  A colonoscopy is just one example of preventative care that involves screening of the gastrointestinal tract.

The gastrointestinal tract begins at the mouth and extends to the anus and includes the esophagus, stomach, small bowel (intestines) and the large bowel, and the rectum.  Gastroenterologists treat conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, large bowel, rectum and anus, while colorectal surgeons treat conditions of the bowels, rectum and anus.  Their common goal is to promote health and prevent disease by performing screening procedures that detect abnormalities.

At The Endoscopy Center at St. Mary, we perform colonoscopy, dilatation, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and upper endoscopy procedures in order to diagnose colon conditions such as colon polyps and colitis; esophageal conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); stomach conditions such as ulcers; and other conditions of the gastrointestinal tract such as Celiac Sprue.

Educating you about your specific health concerns is important to us.  Patient education programs are widely available.  We are committed to providing information regarding gastrointestinal health and have compiled a list of valuable websites for your reference.  Please click here Resources and Links.  In addition, our physicians, and nursing staff are available to answer any questions that you may have.  Please call 215-750-7700.

+Retrieved electronically from Wikipedia on 03/09/2012 at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prevention_(medical)