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Allegheny Center for Digestive Health

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Bringing together medical professionals who specialize in gastrointestinal health and nutrition, the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health combines the latest diagnostic therapies and treatment methods with individualized care.

Celiac Center Integrated Medicine Program
Liver Program
Pelvic Floor Function Program
Positive Clinic
Therapeutic Endoscopy Program
Gastroparesis Program Women's Health
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program  

 
Clinical Nutrition Program

Patients with digestive disorders often experience difficulties maintaining weight and adequate nutrition. To identify and treat these problems, the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health incorporates the knowledge and skill of specialists through the Clinical Nutrition Program.

The Clinical Nutrition Program offers nutrition counseling and programs that address the special nutrition needs of the elderly, athletes, women, those needing to lose weight or those suffering from debilitating diseases, such as cancer. The service provides consultation and management services for home-based nutritional programs and hospital-based nutritional therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition.

For more information on the Clinical Nutrition Program, please contact us.

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Endoscopy Centers

These outpatient endoscopy centers offer a “spa” environment created with a focus on comfort, safety and individualized, attentive care. With easy access and parking, the centers provide a calm haven for diagnostic endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures.

For more information on Endoscopy Centers, please contact us.

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Functional Bowel Program

Unique to the tri-state area, our multidisciplinary Functional Bowel Program is devoted to the management of moderate to severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Specialists in gastroenterology, nutrition, clergy, integrated medicine and psychiatry evaluate patients to formulate a comprehensive plan in the treatment of these challenging and, often, quite debilitating disorders. Novel clinical trials may also be available to patients.

For more information on the Functional Bowel Program, please contact Kathy Sepesy at 412.359.8956.

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Gastroenterology Laboratories

Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, we offer upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, enteroscopy, argon plasma coagulation, ERCP and the entire spectrum of specialized gastrointestinal testing. Our highly skilled doctors perform diagnostic studies of the esophagus, rectum and sphincter of Oddi, as well as ambulatory pH monitoring for patients with gastroesophageal reflux, swallowing disorders, unexplained chest pain and lung disease. More than 10,000 inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services are provided each year.

For more information on Gastroenterology Laboratories, please contact us.

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Gastroparesis Program

This program is devoted to the evaluation and management of patients with Gastroparesis of all types. We provide specialized and individual care to patients suffering from this debilitating disorder. Patients are also evaluated for potential candidacy for the surgically-placed Gastric Stimulator. We also offer referrals to mind body work, nutritional counseling or other support specialists, if needed.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

As part of this program, gastroenterologists, nutritionists and colorectal surgeons evaluate patients with complicated Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis to develop an integrated course of treatment. Patients have the ability to enroll in novel immunomodulator trials for treatment options.

For more information on the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, please contact us.

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Integrated Medicine Program

As a complement to medical or surgical treatment, the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health has developed a program that combines ancient healing practices with conventional medicine and behavioral and holistic healing practices for patients with chronic digestive health problems.

For more information on the Integrated Medicine Program, please contact us.

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Liver Program

Our hepatologists offer cutting-edge treatments for both infectious and non-infectious hepatic disorders. The Allegheny General Hospital Liver Transplant Program continues to grow, offering state-of-the-art transplant care for end-stage liver disease and is part of the Allegheny General Hospital Liver Transplant Program.

For more information on the Liver Program, please contact us.

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Pelvic Floor Function Program

This program is dedicated to the advanced diagnosis and treatment of a variety of pelvic conditions, including fecal incontinence, pelvic pain and constipation. The program offers a multidisciplinary approach to pelvic floor disorders, combining Allegheny General’s expertise in the areas of colon and rectal surgery, urology, gastroenterology, integrated medicine and physical therapy. Treatment is provided in a manner that is both individual and specialized and seeks to improve patients’ quality of life.

For more information on the Pelvic Floor Function Program, please contact us.

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Positive Clinic

 

For more information on the Positive Clinic, please contact us.

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Therapeutic Endoscopy Program

Our team combines skilled specialists in the field of therapeutic endoscopy for the provision of therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound techniques. Special core endoscopic competencies revolve around therapeutic/
interventional endoscopy with a focus on sphincter of Oddi manometry; mechanical lithotripsy of large common bile duct stones; endotherapy for chronic pancreatitis; biliary/pancreatic sphincterotomy; spyglass technologies; endoscopic mucosal resection; dilation; biliary mesh stent insertion; endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle aspiration; and celiac plexus block for relief of pain from chronic pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer.

The Division of Gastroenterology also uses some of the latest endoscopic techniques available for the management of Barrett’s esophagus and precancerous tissue, including early esophageal cancer. This can be treated on an outpatient basis using radiofrequency ablation - the HALO procedure - delivered through an endoscope. With this method, physicians are able to destroy abnormal tissue using radiofrequency waves in a relatively painless fashion. This procedure has been shown to eliminate abnormal tissue in more than 98 percent of individuals and can reduce the risk of developing esophageal cancer.

For more information on the Therapeutic Endoscopy Program, please contact us.

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Women's Health

The Women’s GI Health Program at McCandless offers comprehensive and coordinated gastrointestinal care for women of all ages, with the added convenience of evening hours. The AGH McCandless building is staffed with physicians from a variety of specialties as well as an imaging center and lab, making referrals and even visits to other specialists easy and timely.

For more information on Women's Health, please contact us.

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