Most people equate an endoscopy with colonoscopy procedures or upper endoscopy procedures for heartburn or ulcers; however, the Endoscopy Center at CMC has rapidly expanded to provide services that were previously performed at referral centers or required Endoscopy to travel to other departments within CMC. Here are some of the procedures and services CMC's Endoscopy Center provides.
- Pulmonary Services include diagnostic bronchoscopy, endoscopic bronchoscopy ultrasound guided biopsy (EBUS), and in the fall of 2014 endoscopic navigational bronschoscopy (ENB) was added. EBUS and ENB procedures allow the pulmonologist to reach out further into the lung than conventional bronchoscopy providing earlier diagnosis, staging and treatment of lung cancers.
- Gastrointestinal procedures assist the physician with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of esophagus, stomach, small bowel and colon. Those include diagnostic and therapeutic upper endoscopy, colonoscopy to include screening colonoscopy for detection of polyps and/or colon cancer, capsule endoscopy to study the small bowl, small bowel enteroscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) procedures and the insertion of percuntaneous feeding tubes (PEG/PEJ tubes).
Dr. Eisenman explains a colonoscopy.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is done to evaluate conditions of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. Common procedures performed include ERCP to remove common bile duct stones or the insertion of stents to treat bile leaks or relieve obstruction. Coordination between Radiology and Endoscopy allows for this procedure to be performed at one location.
Dr. Charbel reviews ERCP.
- Endoscopic Ultrasound procedures allow for the diagnosis and staging of cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, rectum and certain lung cancers. EUS is also used to evaluate chronic pancreatitis or other abnormal CT studies.
Dr. Malone discusses endoscopic ultrasounds.