Minimally Invasive Procedures

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Interventional gastroenterology deals with minimally invasive procedures. They give doctors access to the gastrointestinal tract endoscopically, instead of through invasive surgery. This reduces:

  • Pain
  • The risk of infection
  • And your hospital stay

Enloe’s Digestive Diseases Clinic offers several interventional gastroenterology procedures. Many of these are not offered at other facilities in the North State. In fact, Enloe is the only medical center in the area that performs endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with spyglass.

Learn about it and our other procedures below:

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography diagnoses and treats ailments of the bile duct and pancreas.

During this procedure, you’ll rest on your side. Then, your physician will use Spyglass™ technology to see the biliary and pancreatic ducts with a small scope.

If you’re scheduled for an ERCP with us, see how to prepare for your procedure.

Endoscopic Ultrasound with Fine Needle Aspiration (EUS with FNA)

Endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle aspiration lets your doctor see your gastrointestinal tract. This procedure looks for cancer or growths in the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and rectum.

During this procedure, you will lie on your side and a scope will be inserted into your body.

A needle passes through the scope to take a small sample of fluid for testing.

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)

Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is used to remove abnormal or cancerous tissues from the GI tract.

During this procedure your doctor will guide a narrow tube called an endoscope down your throat. It will travel to where the abnormal tissue is located in the esophagus, stomach or upper part of the small intestine. Your doctor can then suction out small growths and remove them for further examination.

The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.

To prepare for your EMR, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure. You should also let your physician know if you’re on any medications. You may need to pause them temporarily.

Endoscopic Stenting

Stones, tumors or other issues can cause blockages in your digestive system. These blockages prevent food from passing through your system. If this happens to you, your doctor may decide to place a stent, or a hollow tube, to open up the blockage.

During this procedure, your doctor will place a stent using an endoscope for guidance. The stent will be folded up and will expand once it’s in place.

Because stents are open on both sides, food, liquids and bodily fluids will be able to pass through them. These materials will move through your system, improving your well-being.

Radiofrequency Treatments

Your doctor may use radiofrequency treatments to surgically remove Barrett’s esophagus. This is often a pre-cancerous condition caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.

A Barrett’s esophagus can form when stomach acid damages the esophagus. This new tissue may change continuously, making it likely to become cancer later on.

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