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Endoscopy is a special procedure that helps your doctor look inside your digestive tract. It is used to diagnose conditions including:
- Colitis (inflamed colon)
- Polyps (growths)
- Reflux esophagitis (inflamed esophagus, the swallowing tube that leads to the stomach)
Sedation and anesthesia are available if needed.
Endoscopy procedures include:
- Abscess (infection) drainage
- Fine needle aspiration of masses and cysts (a type of biopsy)
- Paracentesis (remove fluid from the abdomen)
- Dilatations (expand the esophagus, pancreatic duct, or bile duct)
- Removing stones from bile ducts
- Biopsy (remove a sample of tissue) of esophagus, stomach, colon, liver, and other organs
Endoscopy tests include:
- Endoscopic Ultrasound-imaging of the digestive tract
- 24-hour pH study-measures acid levels in stomach/esophagus
- Bronchoscopy (with biopsy)-looking inside the airway
- Esophageal motility-studies movement inside the esophagus
- ERCP-looking at the pancreatic and bile ducts
- Bravo-a 48-hour pH study capsule that is placed in the stomach during an endoscopy procedure, replacing the old nasal catheter method
While most tests and procedures are done on an outpatient basis, we also provide fast service to inpatients and emergency department patients. Emergency services are available for bleeding and foreign body removal.