Gastroenterology (GI) Center at Somerset Campus

The GI staff received the Excellence in Professionalism Award from the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses, awarded to only 19 hospitals in the nation.

undefinedRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's Gastroenterology (GI) Center performs the latest procedures for problems affecting the digestive system. The center treats common disorders such as heartburn and ulcers, and more complicated conditions such as unexplained bleeding, gallstones and blocked digestive passages.

Our board-certified gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons use technologies such as fiber optics, endoscopic ultrasound and lasers. These valuable tools allow for more accurate diagnosis and provide non-surgical treatment options for both admitted and same-day patients.

All of our equipment is cleaned according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. All staff members follow proper hand hygiene methods.

Our testing services include:

  • Colonoscopy – This is an exam that enables the doctor to look at the lining of your colon (large intestine) using a scope about the size of your finger.
  • Esophogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) – This also is called an upper endoscopy. This procedure allows your doctor to see the lining of your esophagus (food pipe), stomach and the first part of your small intestine (duodenum).
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – This is an ultrasound using an EGD or colon scope. It lets the doctor study internal organs such as the gall bladder and pancreas or look at an abnormal lump or growth.
  • Endoscopic-Retrograde-Cholangiography and Pancreatography (ERCP) – This is an endoscopic study of the ducts that drain the gall bladder or the pancreas. This procedure is done with the GI staff in the Radiology Department because it is done with X-ray.
Our therapeutic services include:
  • Biliary/esophageal/duodenal/colonic stents
  • Feeding gastrostomy and jejunostomy tubes
  • Electrocautery to control bleeding
  • Argon laser to control bleeding
  • Endoclip/endoloop to control bleeding
  • Endoscopic ultrasound guidance to drain pancreatic pseudocysts
  • Esophageal banding
  • Removal of foreign bodies and polyps
  • Dilation of colon, gastric and esophageal strictures

For more information, call 908-685-2948.

Hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, with staff on call to provide 24-hour coverage of emergencies.

Reaching 80% Screened for Colorectal Cancer by 2018

RWJBarnabas Health is one of 500 local and national organizations to sign a pledge to support 80% By 2018, an effort led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), to reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and to work towards the shared goal of 80 percent of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.