Your doctor may order an endoscopy if you suffer from stomach problems or digestive tract ailments. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure used to take a look at your upper digestive system with a tiny camera attached to the end of a long, flexible tube. This allows the doctor to visually examine and treat conditions of the esophagus, stomach and the beginning of the small intestine (duodenum). An endoscopy is performed by a physician specializing in disorders of the digestive tract known as a gastroenterologist.
An Endoscopy Can Be An Important Procedure Used To:
- Collect tissue samples used to treat and diagnose digestive diseases and conditions. Your doctor may use tissue samples collected during endoscopy to test for diseases and conditions such as anemia, bleeding, inflammation, diarrhea or cancers of the digestive system.
- Diagnose digestive diseases or illnesses. Endoscopy can help your doctor find out what's causing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing and gastrointestinal bleeding.
- Treat specific ailments of the digestive system. Endoscopy can be used in conjunction with special tools to treat problems such as bleeding in the esophagus or stomach, difficult swallowing due to a narrow esophagus, removing polyps or dislodging foreign objects in the upper digestive tract.
SPYGlass© Direct Visualization System
This new technology allows patients to be treated for stubborn gallstones and enables physicians to diagnose certain cancers during a common endoscopic procedure known as ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangia Pancreatography). With SPYGlass technology, physicians can collect tissue samples large enough to confirm or rule out malignancies, or even break up small gallstones. This means patients may only need one procedure instead of two or more -- saving time, inconvenience and discomfort. In fact, for many gallstone patients, the relief can be immediate.