Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows physicians to look at a patient’s digestive tract. The main purpose of an endoscopy is to allow the physician to observe what is happening within the body in real-time. Phelps County Regional Medical Center’s primary goal is to provide you and your personal doctor with the medical information necessary to treat or prevent any gastrointestinal problems.
Endoscopy is a common procedure used for many reasons, including:
- Cancer prevention. Sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy allow doctors to find and remove polyps before they become colon cancers.
- Diagnostic evaluation of symptoms. Upper endoscopy and colonoscopy allow doctors to view organs directly and take pictures of any abnormalities that may be causing symptoms such as abdominal pain or rectal bleeding. The doctor can remove a sample of tissue (biopsy) through the endoscope during the procedure.
- Biopsy of an abnormal finding on a chest X-ray. During bronchoscopy, the doctor can take samples of secretions and bronchial and lung tissue to be examined in a laboratory.
- Removal of a foreign body. Endoscopy allows doctors to find and remove foreign bodies from the upper lung airways or gastrointestinal tract.
Why choose us?
PCRMC employs four certified gastroenterology nurses between the three GI endoscopy rooms, with one room in the ambulatory surgery unit and two rooms in the endoscopy department. The rooms are furnished with the latest procedure and monitoring equipment for maximum accuracy, quality and safety. Our procedures are performed utilizing the services of a registered nurse or an anesthetist to provide intravenous sedation to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
- Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD)
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Esophageal Dilatation
- Liver Biopsy
- Small Bowel Enteroscopy
- Esophagoscopy with Radio Frequency
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Bravo ph
A recovery area is available after every procedure to monitor vital signs until the patient is fully awake. It is normal to experience mild cramping or abdominal pressure following the exam. This usually subsides in an hour or so.
For more information about endoscopy services at Phelps County Regional Medical Center, please contact 573-458-7860.