Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). The physician uses an endoscope to view pictures of your GI tract on a color TV monitor. The endoscope is a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, which is inserted directly into the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body, in this case the GI tract. The gastroenterologist, the health care provider performing this procedure, would use this procedure to investigative or treat a medical issue. He may use endoscopy to investigate symptoms in the digestive system including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing and gastrointestinal bleeding. He may be confirming a diagnosis by performing a biopsy to check for conditions such as anemia, bleeding, inflammation and cancers of the digestive system. Or he may perform an endoscopy to treat a bleeding vessel by cauterizing it, to widen a narrow esophagus, to clip off a polyp or to remove a foreign object.
A colonoscopy, the procedure that is the endoscopic examination of the large bowel and the distal part of the small bowel, is the procedure people over 50 certainly have heard they should schedule. The American Cancer Society “Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer” recommends that both men and women beginning at the age of 50 have a colonoscopy to find colon polyps and/or cancer. The benefits of early detection are widely known.
The Sacred Heart GI Lab and Endoscopy suite offers a variety of endoscopic services to both the inpatients of our hospital and outpatients of our surrounding community. In conjunction with accredited gastroenterologists, general surgeons and colon-rectal surgeons, our RN staffed unit provides EGDs, colonoscopies, ERCPs and Peg Tube insertions as well as other gastrointestinal studies.
Sacred Heart GI Lab and Endoscopy
421 Chew Street, 4th Floor Butz
Allentown, PA 18102
To Schedule an Appointment:
Appointments are scheduled via a physician’s office and procedures are provided Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.