Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

We are reopening our office in the safest way possible. In the month of June we are scheduling urgent procedures. We have begun scheduling elective procedures (EGD/COLON) starting July.

We are pre-COVID testing all patients being seen by our physicians. Patients must complete a COVID test 72 business hours prior to their procedure and/or office visit. Please call 301-762-5020 ext 3056 or send a portal message to Drs. Woo or Tesfaye to schedule an appointment.

Rockville Internal Medicine Group’s team of gastroenterologists provide consultation and continuing care for patients with digestive issues and digestive system disorders.

*RECALL ALERT* “The FDA recently released several safety alerts on ranitidine formulations, including the brand-name drug Zantac,” that were found to contain low levels of carcinogen. Our gastroenterologists recommend, if needed, to take Famotidine (Pepcid) instead of Ranitidine (Zantac). Please note that 20mg of Famotidine (Pepcid) = 150mg of Ranitidine (Zantac).

Reference

GI Patient Center. (2019, October 6). Talking to your patients about ranitidine. [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.gastro.org/news/talking-to-your-patients-about-ranitidine?

PROCEDURES 

  • Upper Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy (Hospital or Outpatient Centers ONLY)
  • Bacterial Overgrowth Test
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hemorrhoid Banding
  • Hydrogen Breath Test
  • H. Pylori Breath Test
  • Lactose Intolerance Test
  • Restech Pharyngeal pH Testing
  • Unsedated EGD

Note: These procedures can be performed in the office or at the hospital/outpatient center.

FORMS

PRE/POST PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS 

NOTE: The above documents available for download are in .pdf format.

Providers in this Specialty:
Belen Tesfaye, MD
S. Grace Woo, MD