Endoscopy is a common, minimally invasive procedure that could save your life. At Pleasant Valley Hospital, highly skilled general surgeons perform endoscopic procedures for a wide range of medical specialties, including gastroenterology, otolaryngology, pulmonology and urology.
Upper endoscopy procedures such as esophagoscopy, gastroscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) are used to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. Upper endoscopy can locate and stop gastrointestinal bleeding, and it can be used to evaluate the esophagus and stomach after a major surgery or trauma. It can detect early cancers and help pinpoint the cause of unexplained abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing or heartburn.
Colonoscopy is an endoscopic procedure that locates ulcers, tumors, inflammation and bleeding in the large intestine. During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected and abnormal growths can be removed for biopsy. The procedure, recommended every 10 years beginning at age 50, is an important screening test for colorectal cancers.
A versatile and precise procedure, endoscopy is an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous conditions.
For more information about endoscopy at Pleasant Valley Hospital, call 304.675.1666.