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Digestive Health

Healing and Creating a Healthy Lifestyle for Our Patients

East Jefferson General Hospital’s digestive health provides diagnostic and treatment services for conditions of the digestive system.

Our physicians are specially trained to treat conditions specific to the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, colon, liver and gallbladder. Through continuing education for nurses, physicians and staff and the latest in diagnostic technologies, we are equipped with knowledge, compassion, and technical expertise to create one-of-a-kind care plans for everybody.

By working with our patients on their care plan, our digestive health team has had great success healing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for our patients. Let us help you create a future you can look forward to.

Digestive health services:

Upper endoscopy (EGD/Gastroscopy)

An upper endoscopy is performed to examine the upper portion of the digestive tract including the esophagus, stomach, and upper portion of the small intestine. By using a long thin tube with a video clip, Gastroenterologists can see, through a monitor, where any potential problems may exist in a patient’s upper digestive tract.


Much like an upper endoscopy, this procedure allows physicians to view a patient’s rectum and lower colon, on a monitor, by using a flexible tube.


A long flexible tube with a video chip is used to examine the inner lining of the large intestine. It is used to diagnose a number of intestinal conditions and can be used to perform biopsies. A colonoscopy is the best way to identify colon cancer.

Endoscopic ultrasound

This procedure combines endoscopy and ultrasound to gather highly detailed information throughout the digestive tract.

Compassionate care with enterstomal therapy

The enterstomal therapy team provides medical care, education, and support to patients with ostomies – colostomies, ileostomies, and urostomies. Certified enterstomal therapy nurses assist patients with skin care, appliance fitting, nutritional requirements, and lifestyle changes. Enterstomal therapy nurses are graduates of an educational program accredited by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society.

Breakthrough care with stretta treatment for GERD

Stretta treatment is a breakthrough for treating Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Stretta treatment uses radio frequency energy administered through a small catheter to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing for the reduction or elimination of gastrointestinal reflux. Oftentimes, lifestyle, diet management, or medications can manage GERD symptoms, but for some, a minimally invasive technique such as stretta treatment or even surgery may be an option.

For more information or to find a physician who specializes in the stretta treatment, call 504.910.7187.

Let’s support one another.

Ostomy Support Group

This group provides education and support for those coping with the challenges of living with an ostomy. This group meets bi-monthly, call 504.503.4941 for dates and times.

Contact Digestive Health
East Jefferson General Hospital Main Campus
4200 Houma Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006

GI/Endoscopy Dept: 504.503.5552
Enterostomal Therapy Dept: 504.503.4941
Stretta Treatment: 504.910.7187