Digestive Care Services in Oakbrook Terrace & Burbank, IL




Upper Panendoscopy

An upper panendoscopy is a diagnostic test used to examine the upper digestive system - the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine, known as the duodenum. The procedure is done by inserting a thin tube with a light and camera at the end through the mouth and into the esophagus. The images from the camera are viewed on a display screen during the procedure. Your doctor may perform an upper panendoscopy to determine the cause of digestive system symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, heartburn, bleeding and swallowing disorders. It is frequently used to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease, as well as ulcers and tumors.


A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your doctor to visually examine the inside of the colon for closer inspection of irregularities. This is accomplished by inserting a tube with a camera on the end into the anus and through the colon. The images from the camera are viewed either through the instrument or on a display monitor. A colonoscopy is typically performed to investigate irregularities found on an x-ray or CT scan, abdominal pain, or blood in the stool. They may also be performed regularly for people at an increased risk of developing polyps or colon cancer.


Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a diagnostic procedure that detects problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas. It is useful in diagnosing conditions like gallstones, inflammatory strictures, leaks and cancer. ERCP combines the use of an endoscope with X-ray images to get the most detailed view of these organs. This dual diagnostic method can also obtain a biopsy or perform minor surgeries with instruments inserted through the endoscope. The ERCP procedure takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours. It is considered a painless procedure with little to no downtime and many benefits.

Endoscopic Ultrasound

Endoscopic ultrasound is an informative diagnostic procedure that involves placing a small ultrasound transducer on the tip of an endoscope in order to visually examine the digestive tract and surrounding tissues. This procedure may be performed to evaluate the staging of cancer or chronic pancreatitis, or to further inspect abnormalities found in the area. The images produced during this procedure are often clearer and more accurate than those obtained with a traditional ultrasound. The entire procedure usually takes 30 to 90 minutes to perform, and your doctor will discuss the results with you after the exam.

Liver Biopsy

A liver biopsy is a diagnostic procedure used to examine liver tissue and determine the cause of any abnormalities. This procedure is often performed after another test, such as a blood test, indicates a problem within the liver. A liver biopsy can diagnose alcoholic liver disease, hemochromatosis, hepatitis B and C and liver cancer. Laparoscopy is often used in a liver biopsy to minimize the incisions needed, while a percutaneous biopsy uses local anesthesia and a needle to take multiple samples. Percutaneous biopsies may also be assisted by imaging techniques to properly guide the needle. A short recovery time of a few hours is needed after a liver biopsy because of the use of anesthesia.

Capsule Endoscopy

While recent technology has made examining the upper gastrointestinal tract and colon much easier, the small intestine remains a difficult area to reach without surgery. Fortunately, capsule endoscopy can now be used to visualize this area. This procedure involves swallowing a video capsule that will rapidly photograph the esophagus, stomach and small intestine on its way down. The video capsule is much larger than a pill and contains one or two video cameras, a light bulb, battery and radio transmitter. The photographs are transmitted to a receiver worn on the waist and then downloaded to a computer about 24 hours after the procedure. The capsule is then passed by the patient.

Infrared Coagulation of Hemorrhoids

Infrared coagulation (IRC) is a quick, easy, painless, non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment for hemorrhoids that works for about 90% of patients. The FDA-approved IRC procedure takes only 10 minutes per session and doesn't require any fasting, medication or other preparation. During the IRC procedure, the area directly above the hemorrhoid is exposed to a few short bursts of warm, painless infrared light. The blood in the small veins above the hemorrhoid absorbs the energy and dries out, or coagulates, cutting off blood flow to the hemorrhoid. We also perform hemorrhoidal banding, which involves wrapping an elastic band around the hemorrhoid to cut off the blood supply.

Services We Offer

  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Colorectal Polyp Evaluation
  • Upper Panendoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • ERCP
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Infrared Coagulation of Hemmorhoids