Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine your digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a long, flexible tube with a light and miniature camera on the end, LI Community Hospital’s board-certified gastroenterologists can visualize the upper and lower parts of your digestive tract on a color monitor. This enables the doctor to diagnose and sometimes treat ailments that you may have. On occasion, tissue samples can be obtained for biopsy, if indicated.
The two most commonly performed endoscopic procedures are:
- Gastroscopy (commonly referred to as upper endoscopy), which examines the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach and the upper part of your small intestine. During this procedure, you will be sedated, and the endoscope will pass easily through your mouth and throat, allowing the doctor to see conditions such as hiatal hernias or stomach ulcers.
- Colonoscopy, which examines the colon and lower part of the GI tract. Your physician may require you to cleanse your colon the day before your procedure. While you are sedated, the endoscope will be passed into the large intestine through your rectum, enabling your doctor to see polyps, hemorrhoids and other conditions that you may have.
LI Community Hospital also performs other endoscopic diagnostic and treatment procedures as in ERCP(.Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) and EUS(Endoscopic Ultrasound). All procedures are performed in the privacy of your own suite with only the physician, anesthesiologist a registered nurse and skilled technician present.