Physicians who practice endoscopy insert a thin, flexible, lighted instrument (endoscope) into the mouth and then gently move it down the throat into the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper gastrointestinal tract). Sometimes this procedure is used to explore, and sometimes it is used to take sample (biopsy) tissue. In some cases, both procedures are conducted at the same time.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)
This is an examination of the upper digestive track through the use of the SpyGlass® system. Using a tiny fiber optic camera, surgeons can look at the liver, pancreas and gallbladder for diseased tissue, abnormal growths, formation of gallstones and other digestive system complications. Tiny instruments can be used alongside the camera to remove stones or diseased tissue.
Some of the minor risks that stem from this surgery can be infection, bleeding and inflammation of the pancreas.
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Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
A combination of an ultrasound and endoscopy, this procedure allows for the type of imaging to be combined. It can create more precise imaging through ultrasound on top of the ability of examine the digestive system through a camera in your body. It requires the talents of a well trained and highly-skilled gastroenterologist, and Sacred Heart has the only physician in the region who performs this advanced technique.
This procedure is used to look for any signs of cancer, pancreatitis, abnormalities in the bile duct or complications with muscle development in the area. Minor complications associated with an endoscopic ultrasound are infection and abdominal pain.
Barrett’s Disease Treatment
Surgery to correct Barrett’s Disease (also known as Barrett’s Esophagus) uses the HALO360® system to remove affected tissue in the lower part of the esophagus, endoscopically. Barrett’s Disease can be connected to gastroesophageal reflux disease but exact causes of haven’t been determined.
Some of the minor side effects of this procedure are mucosal laceration, chest pain, throat pain and minor bleeding.