Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to help physicians more thoroughly explore internal areas of the body, such as the colon, esophagus and small bowel. The instrument used for this type of procedure is called an endoscope, but its name and the procedure's name vary depending on what area of the body is being explored.
Endoscopic procedures, which are performed by specially trained gastroenterologists and general surgeons, are performed at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Cleveland Clinic Lodi Hospital and the Surgery Center at Health & Wellness. Some of the more common procedures include:
- Catheter-free pH monitoring
- Chorionic villus sampling
- EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy)
- ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
- Endoscopic ultrasound
- HALO ablation technique to treat Barrett's Esophagus
- Small bowel biopsy
- Small bowel evaluations using a capsule camera
- Upper endoscopy
Some procedures require anesthesia and are performed in an operating room. Many procedures, however, are performed with moderate sedation on an outpatient basis.
Patients needing endoscopic services are typically referred by their physician.