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Treating Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

Gastrointestinal motility describes the contraction of muscles that mix and move food through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract—from the esophagus to the stomach to the small intestine and ultimately to the colon. If there are problems with motility or abnormal sensitivity in any part of GI tract, gastrointestinal disorders may develop.

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Center for Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders on Long Island, NY dedicates its full resources to the accurate diagnosis and treatment of patients who suffer from these disorders.  Thousands of patients seek help and relief every year. For each, we develop a personalized care plan to ensure optimal results.

Gastrointestinal Motility Diagnosis

Our gastrointestinal physicians use our center’s state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures to achieve accurate diagnoses such as:

  • 24-hour ambulatory pH monitoring with impedance testing measures acid reflux.
  • Wireless Bravo 48-hour pH testing is used in the diagnosis of GERD.
  • High resolution esophageal manometry with impedance testing is conducted prior to performing surgery on the esophagus.
  • Anorectal manometry measures the functionality of the anal sphincter.
  • Hydrogen breath test is used to diagnose conditions such as lactose intolerance.

Common Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

Winthrop-University Hospital on Long Island, NY offers complete diagnostic and treatment services for patients with motility disorders, including:

  • Swallowing disorders – the feeling that something is caught in your throat.
  • Ineffective esophageal motility – muscle contraction abnormalities in the esophagus.
  • Achalasia – prevents the sphincter from opening and allowing food to enter the stomach. 
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) – caused by the stomach’s acidic contents leaking backwards up into the esophagus.
  • Gastroparesis – a stomach disorder that prevents the stomach from emptying properly.
  • Constipation – defined as fewer than 3 bowel movements per week. 
  • Fecal incontinence – an inability to control the act of passing stools.
  • Pseudo-obstruction – showing symptoms of an intestinal blockage even though there isn’t one.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome – results in either diarrhea or constipation often accompanied by pain and cramping.