G.I. and Endoscopy

Expert diagnosis and treatment using endoscopy

In an endoscopy, an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a tiny lighted camera on the end) is used to see internal organs. Tiny instruments can be used to take a biopsy (tissue sample) or operate on an affected area.

We use endoscopy to examine, screen for, diagnose and treat conditions in the:

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) tract: Mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, colon and rectum
  • Hepatobiliary system: Bile ducts, gallbladder, liver, pancreas and pancreatic ducts The most common endoscopic procedures we perform are:
    • Upper endoscopy: Examines the upper GI tract (mouth to small intestine)
    • Colonoscopy: Examines the lower GI tract (large intestine to rectum)

At the Franciscan Advanced Endoscopy Center at St. Joseph, we offer advanced capabilities previously available only in large university training centers, including the following:

Advanced endoscopy for diagnosing and treating GI disease

Our experienced staff, including physicians, nurses, radiologists and pathologists, has specialized endoscopy training. We offer two types of advanced endoscopy: ERCP and EUS.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP)

ERCP enables physicians to precisely evaluate and treat problems in the bile ducts and the pancreatic duct. Our skilled radiologists have specific expertise in ERCP, which involves radiologic imaging during the endoscopy.

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)

In EUS, an ultra high-frequency ultrasound probe on the tip of the endoscope produces high-resolution internal images of the bile ducts, liver, pancreas, stomach, esophagus and colon. It can also take a biopsy and is helpful for lung cancer staging.