The Endoscopy Center at Conway Medical Center is one of eastern South Carolina’s premier facilities providing a full range of gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Three board certified gastroenterologists, four board certified surgeons, and two board certified pulmonologists utilize CMC Endoscopy Department to perform procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the GI and Respiratory Systems.
Designed with quality, safety, privacy, efficiency and patient convenience in mind, this state-of-the-art facility utilizes the latest technology and operates with a highly trained support staff of nurses and endoscopic technicians to ensure the highest standards of patient care. Presently the department performs an average of 500 procedures monthly. To meet the needs of the community, the Endoscopy Department specializes in the examination and treatment of disorders of the esophagus, stomach, colon (large intestine), small intestine, liver, pancreas and lungs. See a full listing of procedures and services performed at CMC’s Endoscopy Center.
Coordination between the Endoscopy and Pathology Departments allows for “on site rapid read,” which assists the physician performing certain procedures in knowing they have obtained adequate tissue for diagnosis and staging. Based on microscopic findings, the physician can provide more information to the patient prior to discharge.
Patients with obstructive cancers can undergo stent placement in areas such as the bile ducts, small bowel and colon to relieve distention, jaundice and pain associated with this disease.
In 2015 the Center added BRAVO, a capsule based pH monitoring study for patients who suffer with heartburn and regurgitation.
In 2013, anesthesia services were added to the Endoscopy Department. This allows for procedures to be performed in the department on an outpatient or inpatient status. Previously patients who received the more specialized procedures were required to go to the OR for anesthesia.
The department is located in the North Tower and we offer accommodations to promote patient privacy. The Endoscopy Center also offers a separate registration area, a spacious reception area for patient’s families and easy access parking.
For your safety, it is required that a responsible adult (18 years or older) remains at the center during your procedure and drives you home afterwards.
Endoscopy Center ServicesMost 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 bronchoscopy (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 percutaneous feeding tubes (PEG/PEJ tubes).
- 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.
- 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.