The Gastroenterology Department at Mount Sinai Queens offers a variety of diagnostic procedures and treatment options for patients suffering from digestive illnesses. Gastroenterologists are on-call 24 hours a day to evaluate patients and perform procedures as needed, including endoscopy, upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and the highly specialized endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
We are one of the few community hospitals outside Manhattan that offers ERCP, a technique that uses a flexible scope inserted down the throat along with X-ray technology to diagnose, biopsy and treat gastrointestinal issues related to the bile and pancreas. This unique specialty allows patients that are admitted into our emergency room to receive seamless and efficient care. For example, a patient with gallstones can be diagnosed with ERCP and have the stones removed during the same procedure with instruments that are inserted into the endoscope, obviating the need for surgery. Gastroenterologists can also open narrowed bile ducts with ERCP by inserting a small stent through the endoscope.
Common digestive conditions that we treat include:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Travelers’ diarrhea
- Esophageal, pancreatic and liver cancers
- Feeding tube placement and management
- Pancreatitis and biliary tract disorders such as gallstones
- Hepatitis B and C complications including cirrhosis and liver failure
Serving the Queens Community
We have extensive experience treating diverse patient populations. In gastroenterology, we care for a large number of men who are prone to develop esophageal bleeds and present with complications from cirrhosis as well as women who have a tendency to develop biliary problems such as gallstones. We also specialize in treating patients with travelers’ diarrhea that have recently immigrated to the United States or recently visited a remote part of the world.
In addition, because of the large geriatric population in Queens, we receive many patients who require feeding tube intervention. Our gastroenterologists and primary care physicians specialize in caring for elderly patients and rotate through nursing homes in the area to provide patients with follow-up care. We also work closely with hospital social workers to help place geriatric patients in nursing homes and other extended care facilities.
We Can Help
Our gastroenterologists are available for patients in need of critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also offer outpatient services at their offices in Queens.