CKHS Gastroenterology and Digestion
The board-certified physicians at Crozer-Keystone are trained in the latest technologies and procedures to comprehensively diagnose, manage and treat gastrointestinal and liver conditions.
We work hard to translate what we know into a consistent, compassionate and personalized approach to care that acknowledges and understands both the physical and emotional impact these medical problems can have on people.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Crozer-Keystone has planned a range of activities to raise awareness and provide education about colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is preventable with one simple screening. Learn about this screening and other GI disorders/screenings at our free educational programs in March. Events will be held at various Crozer-Keystone locations starting on March 7 with 'Dress in Blue Day' at all CKHS facilities and ending on March 28 with a Lunch and Learn with Joyann Kroser, M.D. at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. For more information and to register for our events, please call 610-284-8158.
For details on dates, times and locations of our events*:
Download, print and post the flyer about Crozer-Keystone's free educational events about colorectal cancer and other GI disorders during March 2014.
* Important Note: The event at the Healthplex® Sports Club originally scheduled for Monday, March 3 has been postponed until Monday, March 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hear from Our Physicians
Brian Karp, M.D. talks about the importance of knowing the risk factors of colorectal cancer and scheduling your screening colonoscopy on CBSPhilly. View video>
In order to reach a diagnosis for digestive and liver problems, a thorough and accurate medical history must be taken by the physician, noting your symptoms and any other pertinent information. A physical examination is also done to help assess the problem more completely.
Sometimes more extensive diagnostic evaluation is needed. This may include endoscopic procedures, imaging tests or laboratory procedures, which are available at a number of convenient CKHS locations. These locations include Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Springfield Hospital, Taylor Hospital and the Crozer Medical Plaza and Crozer-Keystone Regional Cancer Center at Brinton Lake.
Diagnostic tests may include any, or all, of the following:
- Endosocopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Esophageal Manometry
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (Upper Endoscopy)
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Lower GI Series (Barium Enema)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Oropharyngeal Motility (Swallowing) Study
- Upper GI Series
To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-CKHS-GI1 (1-877-254-7441) or use the online Appointment Request Form
While colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, it is 90-95 percent treatable when detected early. Because it generally shows no symptoms in the early stages, a colon screening is the only way to detect colon cancer.
Screening colonoscopy - a proven diagnostic and treatment procedure - is performed in an outpatient setting. Your doctor may remove polyps or tissue samples for further tests or treat any problems while the colonoscopy is under way.
Learn more about colonoscopies and what to expect before, during and after the procedure.
Convenient Scheduling - Direct Access and More
To make it as easy as possible for you to schedule a colonoscopy, some Crozer-Keystone physicians now offer "direct access" scheduling for patients who are between the ages of 50 and 75, asymptomatic and in generally good health. This means you get a colonoscopy on your first visit with no extra trips to the doctor’s office, saving you time. If you don’t meet these criteria, we can still help you schedule your colonoscopy so fill out the online Appointment Request Form or call 1-877-CKHS-GI1 (1-877-254-7441) today.
When patients are diagnosed with a gastrointestinal and liver condition, our specialists work closely with them to develop appropriate and personalized treatment plans. When necessary, the gastroenterologist may refer a patient to another specialist, such as an interventional radiologist or a colorectal surgeon.
Treatments may include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Endoscopic mucosal resection
- Non-surgical hemorrhoid banding
- Laparoscopic surgery for the colon, anti-reflux, gastric, small bowel, liver or pancreas
Fill out the online Appointment Request Form or call our Gastroenterology Appointment Center Line at 1-877-CKHS-GI1 (1-877-254-7441) to request an appointment.
During weekdays, our representative will work to get you an appointment with a physician within 48 hours, and a procedure appointment at the location of your choice within two weeks. If you submit your request during night or weekend hours, someone will call you back on the next business day.