JPMC Gastroenterologists Offer Only Endoscopic Ultrasound and ECRP in Region

4/30/2012

Mayfield, Kentucky – Jackson Purchase Medical Center has two specialists who treat a broad range of conditions that affect the digestive system and provide recommendations to maintain health and prevent disease. Drs. Ruben Cuadrado and Anita Torok are board certified in gastroenterology and endoscopy.

And, Dr. Torok is the only physician in the region who performs endoscopic ultrasound (EU) – an exceptional tool to locate hard-to-find tumors. EU combines a regular endoscopic exam with a sonograph to locate tumors or other abnormalities in the esophagus, stomach and colon.
"We are able to view not only the gastrointestinal tract, but also tissues and organs including lymph nodes," said Dr. Torok. "Cancerous cells can hide between the layers that make up the wall of the GI tract. She added that endoscopic ultrasound can penetrate and separate layers so tiny tumors can be found and treated. EU can also be used to diagnose pancreatitis and bile stones and to apply therapeutic aid to drain non-cancerous pancreatic cysts.

Additionally, both Dr. Cuadrado and Dr. Torok provide quality colonoscopy exams and comprehensive consultative services. This means more accurate detection of polyps and cancers, fewer complications from procedures and fewer days in the hospital.

In addition to Dr. Cuadrado and Dr. Torok, Dr. Monte Finch and Dr. Shane Hendon are also active staff physicians who provide quality colonoscopy and upper endoscopy exams as well as comprehensive consultative services. This means more accurate detection of polyps and cancers, fewer complications from procedures and fewer days in the hospital. They are also experienced with diagnosing and treatment of liver diseases.

Jackson Purchase Medical Center also has the only practice that offers endoscopic retrograde chilangiopancreatography (ERCP) ¬– to detect and treat blockages of the common bile duct that, when left untreated, can result in pain and infection.

Conditions treated include:

  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Colon polyps and cancer
  • Gallbladder and biliary tract disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn)
  • Hepatitis/liver disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
  • Pancreatic diseases
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Problems with the digestive system

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