Non-Surgical Diagnostic Procedures
The St. Charles Surgical Specialists believes in being a part of the entire health process, from diagnosis to surgery to recovery. When you schedule an appointment, you'll meet a surgeon first, not a physician assistant or nurse.
We offer numerous non-surgical procedures to help determine the cause of a patient's illness: ultrasounds, colonoscopies, endoscopies, esophageal manometries (measuring muscle pressure in the upper digestive tract), blood tests and X-rays.
Surgical Specialists has been using in-office ultrasound for evaluation of several conditions for quite some time. Ultrasounds are important in the evaluation of breast masses as well as thyroid nodules, and are helpful when these are biopsied, often in the office.
Ultrasound evaluation is a key component for determining varicose vein reflux and incompetence leading to the development of varicose veins. Ultrasounds are a key component in the treatment, again in-office, of varicose veins (even spider veins) using our Closure procedure.
For the patient with acid reflux or swallowing problems, Surgical Specialists performs pH and monometry testing in the office to give objective data about a patient's swallowing problem and exposure of acid in the esophagus from the stomach.
In the near future, the surgeons of Surgical Specialists plan to offer in-office upper endoscopy done under local anesthetic without the need for sedation in the evaluation of GERD. Newer technology and the development of a small 4mm scope allows us to offer this beneficial evaluation to our patients.
Also, Surgical Specialists is one of the few providers who perform the BARRX procedure for the ablation and removal of Barrett's esophagus. Barrett's esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition caused by long-standing acid reflux. With BARRX, this can be ablated and removed to hopefully decrease the risk of esophageal cancer in this patient population.