Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure used to examine hard-to-reach organs inside the body, such as the digestive tract, lungs, pancreas or rectum. At Edward Hospital, our state-of-the-art endoscopy lab is equipped with the latest screening and diagnostic technology, including endoscopic ultrasound, so there's no reason to travel outside the community for advanced care. Our 16 pre- and post-procedure endoscopy suites are staffed with specially trained doctors, nurses and technicians and our in-house anesthesia specialists. Edward provides an advanced level of endoscopic care, start to finish.
We are fully staffed six days a week to perform a full range of endoscopic services, including:
- Bronchoscopy – used to examine airways and lungs
- Colonoscopy – used to detect changes in the large intestine, rectum and colon
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) – a specialized procedure that adds ultrasound capability to the endoscope in order to capture interior images of organs
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy – used to evaluate the lower part of the large intestine
- Standard endoscopy – used to evaluate the digestive tract
|PATIENT STORY: Endoscopic ultrasound
helped Richard Samonte avoid surgery.
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) produces images of the digestive tract and nearby organs from inside the stomach. EUS is a way to image hard-to-reach organs, such as the pancreas. Without this option, exploratory surgery is often needed to evaluate suspicious growths in these areas. Now people whose growths are benign can avoid surgery altogether. Both types of endoscopy are typically performed under mild sedation and most patients return home the same day.
Read about Richard Samonte. EUS found his pancreatic cyst while it was still in the pre-cancerous stage. The technology not only saved him from having surgery, it may have saved his life. http://www.edward.org/endoscopic-ultrasound-another-tool-for-early-cancer-detection
How do I know if an endoscopic ultrasound is right for me?
It depends on what type of information you and your physician are seeking. To simply spot abnormalities on the lining of the digestive tract, a standard endoscopy may be fine. To investigate what might be happening underneath the lining, however, an endoscopic ultrasound is usually best.
In cancer patients, EUS is used to stage, or identify, how advanced and aggressive a cancer is for esophageal, lung, rectal and pancreatic cancers.
Find a surgeon
To learn more about the surgeons on staff at Edward, call (630) 527-MDMD, Monday - Friday, 7 am - 6 pm, or vist www.edward.org/findadoc to submit an online referral request.