Hallmark Health hospitals offer complete gastrointestinal (GI) and digestive health services with advanced technology in a convenient community setting.
Our team of highly trained physicians offers expert care and treatment for all GI and digestive ailments including:
- • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
• Celiac disease
• All types of acute and chronic liver disease, including fatty liver, viral hepatitis and cirrhosis (alcoholic liver disease)
• Colorectal polyps or cancer
• Biliary disease
• Hemochromatosis (iron disorder)
• GI bleeding
• Pancreatic disease
As well as
- • Food intolerance
• Intestinal gas problems
• Rectal complaints such as hemmorhoids or fissures
Our full complement of procedures offered include upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, (Colon cancer screening and polypectomy) sigmoidoscopy, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound and capsule endoscopy by our fellowship-trained and board-certified team of physicians.
Procedures performed at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford provide a very safe hospital setting with one of the best and most experienced groups of endoscopy nurses anywhere.
For help with finding a physician to meet your needs, call (800) 540-9191.
Normal digestive activity can be described as:
- • Movement of material through the stomach and intestine (called motility)
- • Digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body
- • Removal of waste from the system
When a problem occurs at any of these stages, or you experience symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, heartburn, unexplained weight loss, bleeding, and/or abdominal pain, your doctor may suggest a visit with one of our gastroenterologists. These highly trained specialists, often called "GIs," have extensive training in diseases of the digestive tract, focusing on the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver.
Importance of getting screened (colonoscopy)
In addition, our GIs provide screenings to detect serious diseases at their early stages, when they are most easily treated and managed. Colon cancer, for example, is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but early detection has drastically improved survival rates. With convenient locations in your backyard, we make it easy to get tested and receive the personal and expert care you deserve.
After a personal consultation, a gastroenterologist will perform a physical examination and conduct some diagnostic tests to evaluate a patient's digestive health. Our facilities use safe, effective, and non-invasive procedures. Our new Endoscopy Unit at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, along with our busy Endoscopy Unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, we perform more than 15,000 endoscopic procedures each year.
Procedures performed in our endoscopy suites include:
- Endoscopy: Physicians gain a clear, detailed view of a patient's digestive tract by using a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera on the end. This procedure, more precise than an X-ray and usually painless, allows other instruments to be passed through to immediately remove growths or polyps. Patients receiving this treatment may avoid surgery or receive a more precise diagnosis for a specific surgery that may need to be performed in the future. Specific types of endoscopic procedures include:
- Colonoscopy: In addition to serving as a diagnostic tool for the colon, a colonoscopy is an important detection method for colon cancer and a routine treatment for polyps.
- Gastroscopy: Examines the esophagus and stomach and is important for detecting and preventing permanent damage due to reflux diseases.
- Sigmoidoscopy: Similar to a colonoscopy, the GI uses a sigmoidoscope to screen the lower part of the large bowel.
- Fecal occult blood text (FOBT): Our advanced labs test stool for the presence of blood invisible to the eye. This is a recommended annual test for screening cancer in beginning in people 50 years or older.
- Barium enema: Sometimes used as a substitute for colonoscopy, this X-ray examination of the entire colon and rectum detects lumps, polyps, or abnormalities.
Care You Can Trust
Hallmark Health's gastroenterology specialists have an excellent track record of accurate detection, complete diagnosis, and thorough treatment of conditions and diseases for our patients. People with these complicated conditions benefit from being treated by a specialist who has handled a large number of similar cases. While we deliver expert care, we also pride ourselves on focusing on the individual needs and concerns of each and every patient.
As a full-service medical facility, we also offer the benefit of on-site nutrition services. Eating a nutritious diet is needed to maintain a healthy digestive system and may prevent and treat certain digestive diseases.
Hallmark Health Pelvic Health Center
The Pelvic Health Center brings dignity and expertise to women and men with the difficult (and often embarrassing) problems that come with pelvic floor disorders.
The Pelvic Health Center offers a team of gastroenterologists and a gynecologist, as well as physical and behavioral health therapists. Each member of our team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, a term applied to conditions that affect the pelvic organs.
Evaluation, diagnosis and non-surgical and surgical treatments are provided for:
- • urinary incontinence
- • neuro-urologic disorders
- • pelvic organ prolapse
- • fecal incontinence
- • constipation
- • structural abnormalities of the pelvic floor (rectocele, cystocele, enterocele, sigmoidocele)
- • pelvic pain
To ease the patient’s burden of pursuing integrated care for pelvic floor disorders, specialists from the different disciplines collaborate as a team to ensure coordinated care for our patients. The center provides patients the best possible outcomes by offering compassionate care, along with the latest therapies and cutting-edge technologies.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our pelvic health intake coordinator at (781) 213-5215.
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