Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure that lets the gastroenterologist look inside your digestive system. The Endoscopy Department at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital performs these procedures to assist physicians in diagnosing various gastrointestinal disorders:
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ECRP)
- Esophageal Dilatation
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Pre- and post-procedure rooms are private, affording privacy for patients and their families.
Some endoscopic tests look at the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract - which is the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine. These tests are helpful in diagnosing problems such as ulcers, hiatal hernia, and gastroepsophageal reflux disease (GERD). During this procedure the physician uses a thin instrument, called an endoscope, to look at the lining of your esophagus and stomach. You will be given a sedative to make you drowsy. The endoscope will be inserted into your mouth and gently guided into your stomach as the doctor watches on a monitor.
Other tests examine the lower GI tract (colon and rectum) and can help diagnose hemorrhoids, polyps, colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, and Crohn's disease. During this test you will be given a sedative to make you drowsy. The physician will use a colonoscope, which is small flexible tube that can bend around the curves of your colon. The scope will blow air into the colon allowing the doctor to examine the lining of your bowels and rectum.
Consult your physician if you have questions about endoscopy.
We are open Monday through Friday from 6:45 am to 3:15 pm and are located on the 2nd floor of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
If you would like to schedule an appointment please call 407.351.8504.