Christus St. Vincent Digestive Health Services (Gastroenterology)
Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that addresses the digestive system and diseases affecting the stomach and intestines, including the colon. CHRISTUS St. Vincent offers advanced diagnostics and treatment for a wide range of diseases and ailments that make life uncomfortable and can even be life threatening.
CHRISTUS St. Vincent offers Endoscopic Ultrasounds, or EUS. This advanced endoscopic procedure allows the physician to examine beyond the lining of the gastrointestinal tract by using an endoscope with an ultrasound probe on the tip. The camera on the endoscope's tip allows the physician to see the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, while the ultrasound provides information on structures beyond the lining such as the pancreas, the biliary duct, the spleen, the liver, blood vessels and lymph nodes. EUS is important for the diagnosis of diseases such as pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, biliary stones and tumors.
In addition, EUS allows the physician to examine the layers of the gastrointestinal tract, which helps in the diagnosis and management of diseases such as rectal cancer, esophageal cancer and gastric cancer. EUS is a state-of-the-art procedure and is performed by our highly skilled clinicians.
Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of your digestive tract. A capsule endoscopy camera sits inside a vitamin-size capsule you swallow. As the capsule travels through your digestive tract, the camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted to a recorder you wear on a belt around your waist. Capsule endoscopy helps doctors see inside your small intestine — an area that isn't easily reached with more-traditional endoscopy procedures.
Esophageal manometry is a test that shows whether your esophagus is working properly. The esophagus is a long, muscular tube that connects your throat to your stomach. Esophageal manometry measures the rhythmic muscle contractions that occur in your esophagus when you swallow. Esophageal manometry also measures the coordination and force exerted by the muscles of your esophagus. During esophageal manometry, a thin, flexible tube (catheter) that contains sensors is passed through your nose, down your esophagus and into your stomach. Esophageal manometry can be helpful in diagnosing certain disorders that may affect your esophagus.
Esophageal pH monitoring
Esophageal pH monitoring is a test that measures how often stomach acid enters the tube that leads from the mouth to the stomach (called the esophagus). The test also measures how long the acid stays there or how well the acid is cleared downward into the stomach. It is a test for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In infants, this test is also used to check for GERD and other problems related to excessive crying.
Patients receiving Digestive Health services will schedule through the Outpatient Procedure Clinic scheduling department.
Phone: (505) 913-5368
Fax: (505) 989-6469
The Outpatient Procedure Clinic (OPPC) is located at:
455 St. Michael's Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Enter through the Specialty Services Wing on the lowest level of the hospital. Take hallway to the left and the OPPC will be located half-way down the hallway on the left.