At Putnam Physicians, our general surgeons, orthopedic surgeons and gastroenterologists provide complete care for the Putnam community. Our services include:
Conditions and disorders treated:
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Colon Polyps and Colon Cancer
- Crohn’s Disease
- Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Disease
- Gastroesophageal Reflux (Heartburn)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Pancreatic Diseases
- Peptic Ulcer
- Problems with the digestive system
Dr. Sullivan also received extensive training in endoscopy. Endoscopy is the use of narrow, flexible lighted tubes with built-in video cameras to look inside the intestinal tract. This training includes the use of medications to ensure the comfort and safety of patients during these procedures. Most importantly, Dr. Sullivan is trained to interpret the findings of these studies in order to recommend treatment and/or prevent disease.
Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure used to see inside the colon and rectum. Colonoscopy can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers and abnormal growths. The procedure is used to look for early signs of colorectal cancer and can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding and weight loss.
A routine or screening colonoscopy should begin at age 50 for most people, earlier if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, or other risk factors.
To complete a successful colonoscopy, the bowel must be clean so that the colon can be clearly viewed. It is very important that you read and follow all of the instructions given to you for your bowel preparation well in advance of the procedure. You will be given a pain reliever and a sedative intravenously so you will feel relaxed and somewhat drowsy. You will lie on your left side with your knees drawn up to your chest.
The doctor inserts a long, flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope into the anus and slowly guides it through the rectum and into the colon. A small camera mounted on the scope transmits a video image from inside the large intestine to a computer screen, allowing the doctor to carefully examine the intestinal linings.
If necessary, small growths, called polyps, can be removed and later tested for signs of cancer. Polyps are common in adults and are usually harmless. However, most colorectal cancer begins as a polyp, so removing polyps early is an effective way to prevent cancer.
The doctor can also take samples from abnormal-looking tissues. The procedure, called a biopsy, allows the doctor to look at the tissue with a microscope for signs of disease. The doctor does all this by using tiny tools passed through the scope.
In many cases, a colonoscopy allows accurate diagnosis and treatment of colorectal problems without the need for a major operation. The procedure usually takes less than an hour. Most people can resume normal activities by the next day.
Endoscopic retrograde chilangiopancreatography (ERCP) is used to view the common bile duct and locate and treat blockages in the duct. The most common blockages are caused by gallstones. Narrowed sections, called strictures, can also block the duct. During this procedure, the stone is removed from the duct. Stents (tubes) may also be placed in narrow places in the duct to allow bile to flow out.
Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis
New medications are available to help relieve symptoms and put Crohn’s Disease into remission. Many patients continue to have freedom from flare-ups through ongoing therapy.
General Surgery Services
- Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Surgery for heartburn
- Laparoscopic Surgery (Gallbladders, appendix, colon, hernias, etc.)
- Colorectal Surgery
- Breast Surgery
- Dermatological Surgery
- Thyroid Surgery
- Some Vascular Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery Services
- Joint Replacement
- Arthritis Surgery
- Arthroscopic Surgery
- Sports Medicine
- Ligament Reconstruction
- General Orthopaedic Surgery (Knees, Shoulders, Hips, Elbows, Hands and Feet)