Visualizing your gut just got a 'double' boost
We’ve all been there at one time or another – that gurgling in your abdomen that isn’t hunger pangs but rather the opposite – a bodily road sign warning you that something isn’t quite right. Sometimes it’s a simple reason: eating too much too soon, eating a food that we haven’t in awhile, or it could be something else altogether. But persistent symptoms like cramping, diarrhea, or blood should be warning signs to talk with your doctor about.
Technology advances have brought forward new tools for gastroenterologists like Dr. Zibing Woodward, that help provide more thorough assessment. She is one of only two doctors in the South Metro area of Portland providing a procedure for patients called Double Balloon Enteroscopy or DBE at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital and the results are showing promise for patients.
This scope is designed to go further than its counterpart devices in investigating the small intestine with the familiar capabilities of being able to biopsy or cauterize tissue, remove polyps, and of course visualize the tissue. With two balloons, instead of one on standard scopes, the device is more stable thereby providing better visualization for the doctor and care team. The procedure is not for every patient but for those who’ve undergone it, their outcomes have shown potential and value both diagnostically and therapeutically.
Having a diagnosed GI disease, those symptoms can be commonplace and ones that are treatable and manageable. But if those symptoms are new to you, start by having a conversation with your doctor. Keep a log of the symptoms you have, frequency and duration, and include the foods you’ve eaten.
As the most advanced state-of-the-art hospital serving the south metro area, you can depend on care like this without having to leave your community. To learn more about this procedure, visit legacyhealth.org or call the Legacy Meridian Park Digestive Health Line at: 503-692-8444.