About Our Endoscopy Services
The region’s most skilled physicians have been performing endoscopic procedures at Southern Ocean Medical Center for more than 25 years. Today, the Hospital is equipped with the latest technology to assist physicians in performing sophisticated diagnostic and treatment procedures. Southern Ocean Medical Center’s Endoscopy Suite features a dedicated reception area, an eight-bed pre/post procedure area as well as three dedicated procedure rooms. Southern Ocean offers an “open access endoscopy program” designed to simplify a patient’s ability to schedule a colonoscopy. With this program, a physician can refer a patient directly for the procedure rather than being referred first to a gastroenterologist.
What is Endoscopy?
Endoscopy deals with examining the inside of the body using an endoscope, which is a device consisting of a flexible tube and an optical system. During an endoscopic procedure, an endoscope is introduced into the body through a natural opening. Endoscopic procedures can be used to diagnose and evaluate a condition and also as a form of treatment. The most common endoscopic procedures evaluate the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and portions of the intestine.
Endoscopic Procedures Performed at Southern Ocean Medical Center
An EGD, or esophagogastroduodenoscopy, provides a view from the mouth to the beginning of the small bowel. This procedure is typically performed on patients who have difficulty swallowing or who may have ulcers, heartburn, upper GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding, or to find the cause of abdominal pain. It is also used to investigate tumors or abnormalities in the upper GI tract.
A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that provides a view of the tracheobronchial tree (bronchi), or large passage ways of the lungs. This procedure is typically performed to investigate abnormal chest x-rays or to biopsy or collect bronchial or lung secretions to help diagnose and evaluate upper respiratory issues.
Cystoscopy, or cystourethroscopy, is a procedure that lets an urologist view the inside of the bladder and urethra in detail.
Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscopy (EBUS)
EBUS is a minimally invasive but highly effective procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections, and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest.
A colonoscopy provides a view of the interior lining of the large intestine (colon) using a colonoscope, a flexible fiber-optic tube. The procedure provides a view of the large bowel. A biopsy may be performed to evaluate tissue . It may be used to evaluate hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding, polyps and in determining the extent of inflammatory bowel disease. A colonoscopy also helps diagnose colon cancer.
ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
The ERCP, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, examines the pancreatic, gall bladder and biliary ducts. It can identify and remove stones or diagnosis tumors in the ducts or identify a narrowing of the ducts.
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