Southwest General provides a wide range of services to diagnose and treat
diseases of the digestive tract and liver. We offer an experienced team
of physicians, advanced treatment techniques and the latest technology
to restore digestive health and get patients back to normal activities
as soon as possible.
Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program
Southwest General offers an Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program,
which makes scheduling of screening colonoscopies easier. The program
provides the option for eligible patients to skip the pre-colonoscopy
doctor’s visit and directly schedule the procedure. To determine
eligibility, patients are required to fill out an online application that
contains a medical history questionnaire before being scheduled.
Our team will review applications daily and call within two business days
to let patients know if they qualify for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening
Program. If you qualify, you will be scheduled with our next available
physician for your screening colonoscopy.
Healthy individuals aged 50 or older who need a routine screening colonoscopy
are excellent candidates for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program.
Those experiencing digestive health issues will be asked to schedule an
appointment with a gastroenterologist prior to scheduling a colonoscopy
and are not candidates for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program.
To learn more, download our flyer
To apply, download the application form
Minimally Invasive Endoscopy to Diagnose and Treat Digestive Issues
Endoscopy is an important diagnostic tool available to treat and, in many
cases, cure diseases of the digestive tract. During endoscopy, physicians
use an endoscope—a small, flexible tube with a camera—to see
inside the esophagus, stomach and the upper part of the small intestine
in real-time for diagnostic and treatment purposes. The procedure is used to:
Collect tissue samples to test for diseases and conditions such as anemia, vomiting, abdominal
pain, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, or cancer.
Diagnose digestive diseases and illnesses to find out what’s causing your symptoms.
Treat specific ailments of the digestive system using special instruments to correct bleeding or difficulty swallowing,
remove polyps or dislodge obstructions in the upper digestive tract
In many cases, endoscopy prevents the need for surgery, meaning patients
benefit from reduced risk of infection and do not need to worry about
a prolonged surgery recovery period. Highly skilled physicians on our
Medical Staff routinely and successfully perform this minimally invasive
procedure on patients of all ages in the Greater Cleveland area.
New Technology for Non-Surgical Gallstone Removal and Cancer Diagnosis
Physicians at Southwest General perform an advanced endoscopic procedure
called ECRP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) to break
up small gallstones without surgery. It is also used to diagnose certain
cancers through the collection of tissue samples previously unattainable
via conventional endoscopy.
The benefits of ERCP for patients:
Where gallstones are concerned, ERCP has significant benefits, including:
- Patients may need only one procedure instead of several, reducing inconvenience
- There is a high probability that patients will receive immediate relief
when the gallstones are removed.
- Where cancer is a concern, the procedure affords a non-surgical approach
to obtaining specimens.
To learn more about gastroenterology and endoscopy services at Southwest