The Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Service provides state-of-the-art endoscopic procedures. These techniques help in the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of cancer and precancerous GI diseases. Endoscopic procedures we perform include:
- diagnostic and therapeutic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
- flexible sigmoidoscopy
- small bowel enteroscopy, including video capsule endoscopy and single balloon enteroscopy
- percutaneous liver biopsy
- pH testing
Therapeutic interventions include:
- hemostasis for gastrointestinal bleeding
- ablation of Barrett’s esophagus
- placement of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy and jejunostomy tubes
- insertion of enteral stents
- endoscopic mucosal resection
- endoscopic submucosal dissection
We also do endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), including therapeutic EUS and ERCP.
The GI endoscopy unit is on the second floor of Memorial Hospital. There are four procedure rooms within a surgical day hospital setting. Each person having an endoscopy is overseen by board-certified anesthesiologists, along with GI nurses and support staff. The endoscopy unit is equipped with state-of-the-art Olympus endoscopes and processors. All scope cleaning is conducted by the hospital’s central processing core facility.
The Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Service is committed to quality in all aspects of endoscopy. We maintain the highest standards of safety. We are always working to monitor and improve our endoscopy techniques. Currently, we are part of a national registry for endoscopy quality called GIQuIC. This allows us to track and improve our endoscopy techniques for such procedures as screening colonoscopies. Additionally, we are working to increase our techniques and expand our technology. If we can improve our ability to detect cancer and precancerous lesions earlier, we can offer endoscopic treatments sooner.