During an endoscopic procedure, a doctor uses a flexible, camera-like, fiber-optic device called an endoscope to examine the inside of an organ. The pictures generated by an endoscopy can help your doctor to find, treat or sometimes even prevent common illnesses.
At Berger Health System, our Endoscopy Center offers a number of diagnostic and interventional endoscopic procedures for the esophagus, stomach, colon and respiratory system. We have the technology, and the expertise, to help you.
What is endoscopy used for?
An endoscopy is used to diagnose digestive illnesses such as:
- Crohn's disease.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Some forms of endoscopy are used in the fight against colorectal cancer. Endoscopic screenings can help your doctor to find tumors, and some procedures allow your doctor to remove and examine dangerous tissues, so they don't have the chance to morph into cancer.
An endoscopy can also be helpful in the diagnosis of lung, trachea and airway diseases. A tool called a bronchoscope, attached to a camera, can help your doctor see and test the inside of your respiratory system, and that could make your next treatment step clear.
Endoscopy procedures we offer
Our endoscopy department is robust, and as a result, we're able to provide a number of different procedures that could help you, including:
- Colonoscopy: A visual examination of your colon and rectum. This test is used to screen for colon cancer.
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy: Another colon cancer screening test that examines a slightly smaller portion of your digestive tract, when compared to colonoscopy.
- Gastrostomy: Used to place a feeding tube, if you can no longer take in food or fluids by mouth.
- Upper endoscopy (EGD): An examination of the lining of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. This test is often used to help doctors track down the source of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing.
Our endoscopy team
At Berger Health System, our endoscopic procedures are performed by a skilled team of gastroenterologists. Since many endoscopy procedures require anesthesia, our gastroenterologists work closely with our anesthesiologists, who can ensure that the tests are performed both safely and painlessly. We also have a team of nurses on staff who can help you to prepare for your test and recover from anesthesia, as needed.
Preparing for your endoscopy
The day before your endoscopic procedure, our nurses will call you to discuss your health history. During that call, your nurse will also remind you of the steps you'll need to take to prepare for your test. Follow your doctor's and nurse's preparation instructions carefully.
On the day of your test, take only those medications you've been asked to take, and do so with just a small sip of water. Bring these items with you to the hospital:
- A list of all of the medications you're currently taking.
- Copies of your advance directive, living will and durable power of attorney for healthcare, as needed.
- A person who can drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after your procedure.
When you arrive in the hospital, check in with the service ambassador in the front lobby.