Examining gastrointestinal disease is perhaps one of the most common uses for the endoscopy procedure. Since many of the digestive diseases share similar symptoms, it is helpful for Florida Hospital gastroenterologists to get a clear image of the organ and the potential damage.
The endoscopy enables this unique view inside the GI tract. In general, doctors use these three different kinds of endoscopy procedures to diagnose a gastrointestinal disease:
- Upper Endoscopy —The scope passes through the mouth into the esophagus, stomach or upper part of the small intestine.
- Colonoscopy —The scope passes through the rectum to help doctors examine the large intestine and lower small intestine.
- ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography) —This special procedure scopes the gallbladder and pancreas.
Sometimes the specialist can use ultrasound technology in conjunction with the endoscopy to provide even better, more accurate results.
Endoscopy procedures for gastrointestinal disease can help physicians diagnose stomach problems, ulcers, swallowing difficulty, GI tract bleeding, or even cancer. Endoscopies can also perform minor surgeries including removing gallstones and polyps in the colon.
Like gastrointestinal disease, many other diseases and forms of cancer can be evaluated using an endoscopy procedure. Find out about the specific endoscopy treatments at Florida Hospital.