Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to diagnose diseases of the digestive tract. A long flexible optic fiber with a camera and a light source at the tip is inserted through the mouth. This transmits images to a television monitor which helps the doctor view the digestive tract from inside. During endoscopy, if surgical tools are introduced through the endoscope for taking tissue samples or to treat certain disease of the biliary and pancreatic ducts, the procedure is called interventional endoscopy.
Advanced Endoscopic Procedures
In enhancement to standard endoscopic methods, including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and sigmoidoscopy, UCSF Medical Center’s digestive disorder experts also offer high-level endoscopic procedures. In several cases, these methods provide improved options for the treatment and diagnosis of a variety of digestive disorders affecting the GI tract.
Endoscopic refers to the use of a tool called an endoscope — a thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera and light on the end. The high-quality picture from the endoscope is shown on a television monitor, giving a clear and accurate view of your digestive tract. All endoscopic methods are done by one of our gastroenterologists who are experts in digestive disorders. We specialize in the following advanced endoscopic procedures.
We suggest a variety of endoscopic therapies for the treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding. These include:
1.Esophageal banding and sclerotherapy for variceal bleeding.
2.Bicap cautery, “endo-clipping” or injection therapy with epinephrine for ulcer bleeding.
3.Bicep-cautery or for the therapy of vascular ectasia of the stomach, colon or rectum.
4.Hemorrhoidal sclerotherapy for patients with hemorrhoidal bleeding.
Several extended polyps or early cancers that previously required a surgical approach may now be treated endoscopically. These changed techniques give an alternative to surgery when non-invasive lesions are identified.
- Frequently asked questions
about 30 to 60 minutes
The endoscopic ultrasound needs about 30 to 60 minutes. Endoscopic ultrasound does not hurt. In fact, most patients suggest they do not remember it because of the intravenous (IV) sedative they receive. It does not take long to recover from an endscopic ultrasound.
Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) allows your doctor to examine your esophageal and stomach linings as well as the walls of your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. Your doctor can use EUS to diagnose certain conditions that may cause abdominal pain or abnormal weight loss.
Interventional endoscopy is a section of gastroenterology concentrated on providing patients with reliable and efficient alternatives to more invasive diagnostic testing or surgery. The use of advanced technology allows our physicians to remove early cancers and treat more complicated diseases in a minimally invasive fashion.
Acute pancreatitis after gastrointestinal endoscopy. … In summary, three previous reports of clinical pancreatitis associated with endoscopy, in addition to the current case, suggests that acute pancreatitis should be considered as a rare complication of routine upper endoscopy or colonoscopy.