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Gastrointestinal Lab

Gastrointestinal Lab

Community Memorial Hospital

Ojai Valley Community Hospital

Gastrointestinal Lab

The gastroenterology laboratory is one of the fastest growing departments in the CMHS. In the last five years alone, the "GI Lab" has literally doubled in size, going from two treatment rooms to four.

One of the reasons for the growth in CMHS's GI Lab is to handle the increase in colonoscopies. This is a procedure performed for a definitive diagnosis of colon tumors and other diseases.

Not only is the screening process improved today, but there is also an improved awareness, by the public, of colon problems and their symptoms, and the need to have screening done in the first place.

CMHS's busy GI Lab is also performing an increased number of upper endoscopies. This is in part a result of more patients with reflex heartburn—also known as G.E.R.D. or Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease—as well as more cases of Barrett's esophagus which is a pre-cancerous condition.

The growth of the GI Lab has also seen CMHS's staff of gastroenterologists treating more and more patients with liver disease. This is especially due to Hepatitis C. The need for liver biopsies is also on the rise.

By constantly adding state-of-the-art equipment, CMHS's GI Lab is able to provide its patients with the best care possible.

The GI Lab boasts an Argon Plasma Coagulator which, simply stated, uses vapor argon to seek out bleeding tissue and then coagulates it by burning it. This is used very effectively for gastrointestinal bleeding as well as bleeding in the colon.

The expansion of the GI Lab will allow for a fifth treatment room which will be used for ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography) where common bile duct stones are removed endoscopically.

Caring for a Broad Range of Conditions
The GI tract is a complicated system that may result in disorders that can affect your health. We diagnose and treat a broad range of problems including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Cancers of the esophagus, stomach, intestine and rectum
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Colitis and other colon disorders
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis (diagnosis and management) and other liver diseases
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux (heartburn)
  • Gallbladder stones
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Polyps (tumors)
  • Proctitis
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Ulcers

All services are not provided at OVCH, please contact the hospital for specific information regarding the programs offered.