At PinnacleHealth, we understand that endoscopic procedures and colonoscopies can be stressful. That’s why the PinnacleHealth endoscopy team in Central PA works hard to create a relaxing environment for these procedures. Your care and comfort are our top priorities.
An endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine your digestive tract. Using an endoscope (a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it), your physician can view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor.
Endoscopies at PinnacleHealth are performed in a private endoscopy suite utilizing state-of-the art medical equipment; advanced technologies (including high-definition scopes and monitors) and specially trained and certified staff. Endoscope sterilization is performed using the strictest standards to ensure your safety and provide you with the best outcomes. The safety of our patients is our top concern.
Endoscopy Services At PinnacleHealth
Our skilled physicians and staff perform a wide range of endoscopic procedures. These procedures are minimally invasive and virtually painless. Your physician may recommend an endoscopy to check digestion-related symptoms, remove cells for biopsy, screen for cancer or remove polyps. Outpatient endoscopic services and procedures at PinnacleHealth include:
- Colonoscopy screening (diagnostic and therapeutic). Colonoscopy helps find ulcers, polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding in the large intestine (colon). Biopsies will be performed if any abnormalities are found.
- Upper endoscopy screening (diagnostic and therapeutic). Allows a closer look at the interior lining of your esophagus, stomach and the first part of your small intestine. Biopsies will be performed if any abnormalities are found.
- Capsule endoscopy. A small capsule containing a camera, lightbulb, battery and radio transmitter that is swallowed in order to take photographs of the inside of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Combines endoscopy and X-ray to examine functions of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas. Interventions will be performed as needed.
- Feeding tube insertion. An endoscope is inserted through your mouth into the stomach to view the stomach lining before making a small incision in the abdominal wall to insert the feeding tube.
- Endoscopic stent insertion. Expands a narrowing or clears an obstruction in areas of the esophagus or colon.
- Esophageal banding. Elastic bands used to treat abnormal blood vessels (veins) in the esophagus.
- Impedance monitoring. Monitors acid and nonacid reflux episodes in the esophagus over a 24-hour period.