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Patient Support Services

In addition to the team of gastroenterology medical and surgical doctors, we offer patients a range of clinical support services.

Endoscopy

A procedure that visualizes the gastrointestinal tract utilizing high definition video equipment. Types of endoscopies used in IBD include Upper GI Endoscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, colonoscopy, and double balloon enteroscopy.

Pathology

Gastroenterology pathologists provide comprehensive knowledge of the digestive disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences.

Radiology

Radiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating inflammatory bowel diseases using medical imaging techniques.

Mental Health Services

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can affect patients both physically and mentally. Psychologists provide mental health services to help patients lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Nutritional Services

Registered dietitians work with patients to develop a specialized healthy eating plan to help patients control their symptoms.

Integrative Medicine

The innovative program brings together conventional medicine, complementary therapies, and lifestyle changes; emphasizes a compassionate healing relationship between patients and their caregivers; and views the patient as whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Patients can be referred to the program for an initial consult for acupuncture, massage, and integrative medicine group visits. The program also offer a variety of drop-in services including tai chi, healthy cooking classes, yoga, and Zumba. For more information, please see the integrative medicine section on the Boston University School of Medicine website or call 617-414-6795.

Ostomy Care

Nurses understand that caring for an ostomy is important. Medical staff will help empty, or replace the pouch when needed. They will care for a patient’s skin and watch out for skin irritations.

Palliative Services

Many of the services provided are intended to offer comfort patients with feeding difficulties related to a serious illness. For example, the staff can enable patients with esophageal cancer to eat normally by placing an endoscopic stent in the esophagus or by the use of photodynamic therapy, allowing food to pass beyond the cancerous area into the stomach. This procedure can replace a gastrostomy tube and offer patients the pleasure of eating. For patients with conditions that cannot be stented, such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) or the aftermath of stroke, a gastrostomy tube can offer them the opportunity of being fed at home.

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