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State-of-the-art endoscopy center to open at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center


PHOENIX (Jan. 22, 2013) – A community open house is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 8 to mark the opening of a state-of-the-art endoscopy center at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.

The Banner Del E. Webb New Endoscopy Center will feature five new procedure rooms, four general endoscopy rooms and one bronchoscopy room. All procedure rooms will be fluoroscopy ready. An anesthesia machine will be available for in each room. A wide array of new endoscopes will be available along with advanced scope processing area which uses an ultrasonic washing/disinfection system for high quality cleaning.

“It is certainly exciting to be a part of this new endoscopy center,” said Dr. Teodor Pitea, a gastroenterologist specializing in interventional endoscopy at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.  “One unique aspect of the new department will be the availability of in wall carbon dioxide insufflation for endoscopic procedures instead of air.  During complex, lengthy procedures when air is introduced into the body patients are at risk to wake up with significant abdominal distension and pain. Eliminating the trapped air may take a long time. With the use of CO2, patients are less likely to develop discomfort related to gaseous distention since the CO2 is being mostly absorbed into the blood circulation and then exhaled as normal part of our respiratory process.”

The new department will provide in- and out-patient gastroenterology services to patients throughout Greater Phoenix. Beside upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, the new center will include endoscopic ultrasound, double balloon enteroscopy, esophageal manometry and advanced pulmonary procedures.

Endoscopy involves the use of slender tubular instruments used to examine the inner parts of the body for diagnostic tests or minimally invasive interventions. The Banner Del E. Webb Endoscopic department will enable patients to experience safe and effective alternatives to more invasive diagnostic testing and surgery.

Community members interested in touring the new center are encouraged to call and RSVP at (602) 230-CARE (2273).

About Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Banner Del E. Webb is a 404-bed, acute-care hospital offering orthopedic surgery, heart care, emergency care, general surgery, cancer care, obstetrics and gynecology, medical imaging, women’s diagnostic services, outpatient services, rehabilitation and behavioral care. Banner Del E. Webb is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 23 hospitals throughout the West. Supporting Banner Del E. Webb’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery.

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