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Gastrointestinal

Digestive Health

The gastroenterology experts at Florida Hospital East Orlando have the skill and technologies to treat a variety of digestive health problems, from the simple heart burn to complex cancers. We employ only the latest and most effective therapies available, and in keeping with our mission of providing holistic, patient-centered healthcare, we use education, intervention and continual evaluation to help our patients make informed, personalized decisions about their care. 
 
Our digestive health team specializes in a number of services, including endoscopy, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and sophisticated surgeries. If you do need surgery, rest assured that you’re in good hands: Our board-certified, fellowship-trained colon and rectal surgeon, Teresa H. deBeche-Adams, MD, specializes in minimally invasive procedures designed to get you back on your feet sooner, and with less pain and discomfort than traditional surgeries. 
 
Our services, procedures and some of the conditions we treat include: 
  • 24–48-hour PH monitoring
  • Anal canal diseases and cancer treatment
  • Anorectal disease treatment
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Bravo
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Colostomy
  • Constipation
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic variceal ligation
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal dilation
  • Esophageal and anorectal manometry
  • Esophageal cancer screening
  • Esophageal stenting
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Expandable stent placement
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Full scope of screening for colorectal and esophageal cancers
  • GERD diagnosis
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical procedures
  • Minimally invasive surgery of the colon and rectum
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube insertion
  • Polypectomy
  • Pouch-anal procedures
  • Remicade infusion
  • Single balloon enteroscopy
  • Special problems related to stomas and hernias
  • Surgery for inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Surgical oncology for the colon, rectum and anus
  • Treatment for Barrett’s esophagus (HALO)
 

Catching Colon Cancer Early

When it’s caught early, colon cancer—one of the nation’s deadliest, and fastest growing cancers—is very treatable, but early detection is the key. We know that most colon cancers occur in individuals over the age of 50, and 90 percent of them can be prevented with a simple, routine colonoscopy. At Florida Hospital East Orlando, we emphasize that all members of our community who are over the age of 50 or who have a family history of colon cancer receive regular colonoscopy screenings. 
 
A colonoscopy is a safe, effective way for your doctor to visually examine the colon and rectum using a long, flexible, tubular instrument. This instrument helps the experts at Florida Hospital East Orlando diagnose colon and rectal problems, as well as remove colon polyps and perform biopsies of any suspect tissue. Most of these procedures are done under sedation on an outpatient basis, and patients experience minimal inconvenience and discomfort. There is no excuse for skipping your routine screening. It just might save your life. 
 
And our dedication to the early detection of colorectal and other cancers doesn't end there. In partnership with the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, Florida Hospital gastroenterologist Seela Ramesh, MD, uses an advanced, minimally invasive method of abdominal imaging called endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). EUS is comprehensive test of the digestive tract and surrounding areas, and can assist the experts at Florida Hospital East Orlando in detecting the causes of abdominal pain, pancreatic and esophageal cancers, as well as colorectal cancer. If there is cancer present, the EUS will assist in determining the cancer’s stage, which gives doctors a guide to how to best treat it. 
 
If you are over 50, EUS may help you protect yourself from cancer. For more information about our colorectal cancer screenings, give us a call today at (407) 303-8110. Remember: Early detection saves lives. 
 

TAMIS

TAMIS, or transanal minimally invasive surgery, is a revolutionary approach that allows surgeons to remove early-stage cancers and benign polyps without invasive surgery. Whereas traditional transanal surgery is often limited by poor visibility, TAMIS allows surgeons to remove lesions up to 18 centimeters into the body—more than double what most traditional surgeries can achieve. In addition, it offers patients much quicker recovery times and much less scarring. 
 
Matthew Albert, MD, a premier colorectal surgeon who practices at Florida Hospital, was one of the three surgeons who pioneered this cutting-edge technique. In fact, he performed the very first TAMIS procedure in 2009, and soon thereafter removed a benign neoplasm and then, with another surgeon, the very first rectal cancer. 
 
TAMIS, though relatively new, is accepted as a feasible, often preferable method for transanal excision. It’s considered on the of the most significant developments in colorectal surgery in the past twenty-five years.