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Baptist Endoscopy Centers specialize in the following outpatient gastrointestinal procedures, allowing our patients to quickly return to family and work:


Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is used to prevent and detect colon cancer, as well as to diagnose symptoms. Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon, also known as the large intestine, by inserting a flexible tube as thick as your finger, called a colonoscope, into your anus and slowly advancing it into the rectum and colon. 

Colonoscopy rarely causes much discomfort. Some patients sleep through the procedure after receiving medication to relax. In some rare instances, people feel pressure, bloating or cramping during the procedure. You will lie on your side or back while your doctor slowly advances the colonoscope through the large intestine while viewing images on a video monitor. The doctor will examine the intestinal lining again as the colonoscope is withdrawn. 

The procedure usually takes 15-60 minutes, although you should plan on a two-to-three-hour stay for waiting, preparation and recovery. If an area needs further evaluation, your doctor may pass an instrument through the colonoscope to obtain a sample for analysis. Biopsies are used to identify many conditions, and your doctor might order one even if cancer is not suspected. If colonoscopy is being performed to identify sites of bleeding, your doctor might treat the bleeding through the colonoscope by injecting medications or by sealing off bleeding vessels with heat treatment.

Your doctor might also find polyps that will be removed for examination. Polyps are abnormal, mushroom-shaped growths in the colon lining that are usually benign, or noncancerous. But your doctor can’t always tell a benign polyp from a malignant, or cancerous, polyp by its outer appearance. Because cancer begins in polyps, removing them is an important and effective way to prevent colorectal cancer.​


Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

​A flexible sigmoidoscopy is an exam used to evaluate the lower part of the large intestine (colon). During a flexible sigmoidoscopy exam, a thin, flexible tube (sigmoidoscope) is inserted into the rectum. A tiny video camera at the tip of the sigmoidoscope allows your doctor to view the inside of the rectum and most of the sigmoid colon. If necessary, tissue samples can be taken during this exam.​


Upper Endoscopy

An upper endoscopy allows your doctor to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and the first portion of the small intestine, known as the duodenum. 

Upper endoscopy helps your doctor evaluate such symptoms as upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing. It’s more accurate than X-ray films for detecting a range of conditions, including inflammation, ulcers and tumors. Your doctor might use upper endoscopy to obtain small tissue samples, called biopsy. 

After giving you a sedative to help you relax and fall asleep, your doctor will insert a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, into your mouth. The endoscope will be passed into the esophagus, stomach and duodenum while the doctor views images on a video monitor. The endoscope does not interfere with your breathing.​​


Enteroscopy

During an enteroscopy, a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is inserted into the upper gastrointestinal tract either orally or rectally. Balloons may be attached to the endoscope and inflated to allow the doctor to view a section of the small intestine.


Endoscopic Ultrasound

An endoscopic ultrasound​ is a procedure that allows your doctor to obtain images and information about the digestive tract and surrounding tissue and organs. 

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to make a picture of internal organs. A small ultrasound device is installed on the tip of a thin, flexible tube (endoscope) with a tiny camera attached. By inserting the endoscope and camera into the upper or lower digestive tract, the doctor is able to obtain high-quality ultrasound images of organs. Because the endoscope can get close to the organ being examined, the images obtained are often more accurate and detailed than those provided by traditional ultrasound.​​​​ ​​