Endoscopy procedures are used to examine the lining of the gastrointestinal tract with a flexible telescope.

Endoscopic procedures provided by our surgeons include:

EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)

This procedure examines the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine. EGD is used to identify tumors (including cancers), ulcers, reflux disease, sources of bleeding and Barrett’s esophagus.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy examines the lining of the colon and rectum for polyps, cancers, sources of bleeding and diverticulosis. Colonoscopies are used to find polyps and cancers before they cause symptoms and are still easily treatable. They are recommended for everyone 50 and over as well as people with a variety of risk factors including a family history of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy can remove precancerous polyps before they become true cancers, thus preventing colon cancer from occurring.

Esophageal Manometry and pH testing

These tests help in diagnosing patients who have heartburn, acid reflux, difficulty swallowing and asthma which is often complicated by acid reflux problems. It can also detect weaknesses in the lower esophagus that allows stomach acid to back-up causing Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Results from these tests are used to determine whether continued medical intervention with drugs or anti-reflux surgery can best help the patient.

Esophageal Dilation

This procedure expands narrowing in the esophagus back to a more normal size. It is used for patients with a constricted (narrowed) esophagus due to scarring from reflux or previous surgery.