Shining a light on internal organs
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center offers a full range of endoscopic procedures including colonoscopies, upper endoscopy and bronchoscopy. The Endoscopy Unit has board-certified gastroenterologists, colo-rectal surgeons, pulmonologists, and certified gastroenterology nurses whose specialized training ensures that you always receive the best possible treatment.
The Endoscopy Unit's staff members provide efficient and timely patient care. In fact, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center performed nearly 6,000 endoscopic procedures last year.
To properly diagnose various disorders, physicians often use a device called an “endoscope.” An endoscope allows physicians to look inside the body, take tissue samples and, in some cases, remove diseased tissue.
There are several types of endoscopes tailored to different procedures. They typically are equipped with a lens attached to a fiber-optic cable and a light source. Endoscopes are often equipped to remove small amounts of tissue as part of a treatment program or to retrieve a biopsy sample. A few endoscopes have rigid bodies, but the majority have flexible necks that allow them to be “snaked” through curves and turns such as those found in the intestines.
Endoscopic exams are usually out-patient procedures where patients are released as soon as the effect of anesthesia has worn off. It is essential to have someone available to drive you home after the procedure.
Endoscopic procedures at Chesapeake Regional
A colonoscopy allows the physician to view the entire length of the large intestine. This is an important procedure that everyone should have by age 50, sooner if you have certain risk factors.
Also called esophageal motility studies and esophageal function studies, this test helps determine the strength of the muscles in the esophagus and measure the pressure inside the lower part of the esophagus.
Bravo and 24 Hour pH monitoring
Also called esophageal acidity test, pH monitoring measures how often and for how long stomach acid enters the esophagus.
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