The Endoscopy department at Banner Desert features eight procedure rooms, including one motility lab room. There also is a sterilization room with two cleaning machines.
The term endoscopy encompasses a variety of procedures including gastroscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy and sigmoidoscopy.
To perform endoscopic procedures, a physician uses an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a lens and light source. This instrument is inserted either in the mouth, windpipe or the rectum and is used to examine the internal organs such as the esophagus, stomach, trachea, lungs, parts of the small bowel and the entire large bowel.
Procedures are done with the use of a video monitoring system and can be seen on a television screen.
- Colonoscopy - Examination of the rectum and colon. Direct visualization by physician allows for biopsies and excision of polyps.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy - Examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon. It is recommended as routine screening for certain age groups and for those at risk for colon cancer.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP) - A diagnostic procedure to detect disorders of the pancreas, bile ducts, liver and gall bladder. Blockages or stones can be diagnosed during ERCP and treated via stenting or stone extraction.
- Esophageal 24 hour pH monitoring - A diagnostic test that monitors pH in the esophagus for individuals who suffer from common disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux, heartburn, regurgitation, indigestion and non-cardiac chest pain.
- Bronchoscopy - Examination of the trachea and lungs using a bronchoscope to diagnose, treat and document abnormalities. Direct visualization by physician allows for examinations, biopsies and needle aspiration.
- Gastroscopy (upper GI) - Examination of esophagus, stomach, and the upper part of the small intestines. Allows for biopsy and therapeutic treatment of the upper GI tract.