Hallmark Health System provides complete gastrointestinal (GI) and digestive health services with the highest standard of care in a convenient community setting.
Our experienced physicians are part of a comprehensive program using the most advanced procedures available in diagnosing and treating GI disorders.
Our gastroenterologists are committed to ensuring you receive compassionate gastrointestinal care, personalized to your diagnosis to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Our team of highly skilled, board certified physicians and nurses offers expert care and individualized treatment for all GI and digestive conditions including:
- • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
- • Irritable bowel disease (IBS)
- • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- • Barrett’s esophagus
- • Celiac disease
- • All types of acute and chronic liver disease, including fatty liver, viral hepatitis and cirrhosis
- • Colorectal polyps or cancer
- • Constipation and fecal incontinence
- • Biliary disease
- • Hemochromatosis (iron disorder)
- • GI bleeding
- • Pancreatic disease
- • Gallstones
- • Food intolerance
- • Ulcers
- • Intestinal gas problems
- • Rectal issues such as hemorrhoids or fissures
For help finding a physician that meets your needs, call 800-540-9191
Our highly skilled physicians, nurses and technologists work together in our state of the art endoscopy units at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford. These units are staffed with a team of professionals who provide our patients with warmth and comfort. It is the compassionate care of this team that provides our patients with the highest standards of care.
Endoscopy: Physicians gain a clear, detailed view of a patient’s digestive tract by using a long, thin, flexible tube with a tine 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. Learn more about our Stress-Free Colon Cancer Screening Program.
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
ERCP: This exam is both a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure that uses a lighted flexible tube and x-ray to examine the bile and pancreatic ducts that drain the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder into the small intestine.
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS): EUS is an advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedure combining endoscopy and ultrasound to examine the walls of the upper GI tract and rectum, as well as surrounding structures. EUS is also used to visualize other organs including portions of the liver, gallbladder and left adrenal gland. For more information on Endoscopic Ultrasound, click here.
Barium enema: sometimes used as a substitute for colonoscopy, this x-ray examination of the entire colon and rectum detects lumps, polyps or abnormalities
Stress-Free Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer can affect anyone. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., however, it is also one of the most preventable and treatable forms of the disease if caught early. A colonoscopy screening is one of the few screening methods that can effectively identify and eliminate pre-cancer. But here's the thing -- you have to get screened!
Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine. It affects men and women and all races and ethnicities. Unlike most cancers, colon cancer can actually be effectively prevented by getting screened with colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy providers can remove precancerous growths called polyps thereby preventing them from growing into cancer. One third to one-half of the population getting screened has some form of these polyps. And even if cancer is not prevented, as long as colon cancer is found early, it can be easily treated and is associated with excellent outcomes.
In fact, one of the reasons that colon cancer is still so common is that one-in-three adults have not undergone an age-appropriate screening.
No one really likes the idea of a colonoscopy. They worry about the prep, or that it might be uncomfortable, or worry about what the screening might find. It could be something as simple as not being able to get a ride to or from the screening.
At Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, we are committed to preventing colon cancer and are committed to making getting screened as easy as possible.
- • If you’re worried about the prep, we can customize it for you.
- • Because we’re in a hospital setting, we have anesthesia options to make you comfortable during the test.
- • Our patient navigators are here to help coordinate your care and answer your questions.
- • You won’t have to wait weeks for the results. We’ll get you your screening results usually within two business days.
Whatever your concern, we’re here to help and make getting a colonoscopy screening stress free, because our goal is to wipe out this preventable cancer for our patients.
To learn more or to schedule a colon cancer screening, please call 781-213-5200 and talk with our patient navigators who are here to help.
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 one 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 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.
We also offer the benefit of working with on-site nutrition services. Eating a nutrition diet is needed to maintain a healthy digestive system and may prevent and treat certain digestive diseases.
For help finding a physician that meets your needs, call 800-540-9191
The pelvic health program brings dignity and expertise to women and men with the difficult (and often embarrassing) problems that come with pelvic floor disorders.
The pelvic health program 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 program provides patients with 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.