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Enloe Digestive Diseases Clinic

111 Raley Blvd., Suite 100
Chico, CA 95928

Enloe Endoscopy Clinic

888 Lakeside Village Commons
Chico, CA 95928

Enloe GI Department

1531 Esplanade
Chico, 95926

Interventional Gastroenterology

Many Exams Only Offered at Enloe

Interventional gastroenterology allows physicians to examine the gastrointestinal tract endoscopically instead of through invasive surgery.

The physicians of Enloe's Digestive Diseases Clinic offer several interventional gastroenterology procedures, and 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:

Please note that many of these exams are not offered at other local medical facilities.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography can be used to diagnose and treat various ailments of the bile duct and pancreas.

During this procedure, you'll rest on your side and your physician will use Spyglass™ technology to visualize the biliary duct and pancreatic duct with a small scope.

See exactly what to expect by watching this video:

If you're scheduled for an ERCP with us, see how to prepare for your procedure. Then learn what to expect after it in the article below.

Endoscopic Ultrasound with Fine Needle Aspiration (EUS with FNA)

Endoscopic Ultrasound with Fine Needle Aspiration, or EUS with FNA, allows your physician to look at your gastrointestinal tract. This procedure is often used to look 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.

Read this article to see how to prepare for this procedure.  

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove abnormal or cancerous tissues from the GI tract.

During this procedure your doctor will guide a long narrow tube called an endoscope down your throat to the area 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, preventing 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, and through your system, improving your well-being.

Radiofrequency Treatments

Your doctor may use radiofrequency treatments for the surgical removal of Barrett’s esophagus, often a pre-cancerous condition that's 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.

Read this article to learn more about GERD.

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