Endoscopy

Mission Hospital Endoscopy Department - Experts in Digestive Health.

At Mission Hospital, we understand that having an endoscopy may not be something you're looking forward to.  But in the care of Mission's highly skilled team of professionals, endoscopy is one of the most important diagnostic tests available to physicians for treating and even curing diseases of the stomach and digestive tract.  In fact, a new technology in Mission's Endoscopy Department actually enables physicians to collect tissue samples, or treat patients with "stuck" gallstones.

If you or a loved one is in need of endoscopic services, talk to your physician today about a referral to our team of endoscopy professionals at Mission Hospital.


What is an endoscopy?

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 and 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, difficulty swallowing due to a narrow esophagus, removing polyps, or dislodging foreign objects in the upper digestive tract.

Additional Services

At Mission Hospital's Endoscopy Department, we're always looking for new ways to bring the latest gastrointestinal therapies and procedures to our patients and improve the health of our western North Carolina neighbors.  A complete listing of Endoscopy services can be found in our "Endoscopy Procedures" section. 

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. 


Pediatric Gastroenterology

At Mission, we understand that any hospital procedure for kids is an opportunity for extra-special care and attention.  Frequently, children being seen by one of our pediatric gastroenterologists will be referred to us for an endoscopic procedure to help diagnose or treat symptoms such as persistent diarrhea, recurrent vomiting, and feeding disorders.   Our team of certified staff members work hand-in-hand with the pediatric gastroenterology department to provide the utmost in care catering to the special needs of children.

Learn more about Pediatric Gastroenterology


Referral Information

If you or a loved one is in need of endoscopic services, talk to your physician today about a referral to our team of endoscopy professionals at Mission Hospital.