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Endoscopic Procedures

Learn about specialized endoscopic procedures available at Wayne UNC Health Care to diagnose, treat, or monitor your gastrointestinal (GI) and digestive conditions.

What’s Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to look inside your body. Your gastroenterologist will use an endoscope, a tube with a light and camera attached to it, to check your digestive health. During endoscopy, your doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a monitor and sometimes treat a problem right away, such as removing polyps from your colon.

Your Endoscopy Care Team

Count on our specially trained nurses and technicians to help you feel comfortable during your procedure at Wayne UNC. Your care team will assist your doctor and give you individualized care before, during, and after your procedure.

Tests and Procedures

Depend on Wayne UNC for a wide range of endoscopic procedures.

General Procedures

Receive general endoscopic procedures, including:

  • Endoscopic injection – Stops gastrointestinal bleeding at its source
  • ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) – Checks for blockages, gallstones, and other abnormalities in the ducts that drain your liver, pancreas, and gallbladder
  • Hemorrhoidal banding (rubber band ligation) – Stops blood flow to an internal hemorrhoid so it shrinks and falls off
  • PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) – Places a flexible feeding tube into your stomach
  • Variceal banding – Prevents or treats GI bleeding by banding an enlarged vein

Colon Exams and Procedures

Get colon exams and procedures at Wayne UNC, including:

  • Colonoscopy – Detects changes or abnormalities in your large intestine (colon) and rectum
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy – Looks inside your rectum and lower colon to find swollen tissue, ulcers, polyps, and cancer
  • Polypectomy – Removes a polyp (abnormal lump) by looping a thin wire around the bottom of it, sometimes with heat to cut it off

Esophagus Tests and Procedures

Find a wide variety of esophagus tests and procedures, including:

  • Esophageal dilation – Stretches narrow areas of your esophagus to make it easier for you to swallow
  • Esophageal manometry – Measures how well your esophagus muscles work when you swallow
  • Esophageal pH monitoring – Uses a wireless monitor to detect stomach acid levels in your esophagus over a period of time
  • Radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s esophagus – Uses heat to destroy abnormal esophagus cells often resulting from GERD
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy or EDG – Looks at the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and the upper portion of the small bowel to diagnose or treat GI conditions

Small Intestine Procedures

Your doctor may check for conditions affecting your small intestine with:

  • Small bowel enteroscopy – Examines and treats growths and bleeding in the lining or your esophagus, stomach, and portions of your small bowel
  • Small bowel video capsule endoscopy – Uses a tiny camera inside a capsule you swallow to take pictures of your digestive tract to find the cause of persistent symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding or anemia

What to Expect

Count on your dedicated, experienced endoscopy team to explain your procedure and help you prepare. They will provide instructions on how you should prepare for your procedure to ensure a smooth process. On the day of your endoscopy, bring a picture ID and your insurance card.

Arrival for Your Procedure

Take advantage of free, convenient parking at Wayne UNC. Check in at the Rehabilitation desk when you arrive at the hospital. You’ll receive a patient armband and directions to the Endoscopy Waiting Room.

Sedation for Endoscopy

Depending on the type of procedure you have, you may receive a sedative from an anesthesiologist. If you receive conscious sedation, you’ll feel drowsy and relaxed. You may even fall asleep, but will wake up easily. You probably won’t remember much about your procedure.

If your procedure requires sedation, you must have an adult friend or family member with you to drive you home after your procedure.

After Your Procedure

Following your procedure, you’ll go to the recovery area for monitoring until you are awake and able to drink fluids. You may bring up to two family members at a time to your room. Your doctor will talk with you and your family or friends about your procedure. When you leave Wayne UNC, you’ll have written instructions and educational material about your procedure to take home with you.

Directions to Endoscopy at Wayne UNC

View the Wayne UNC Patient and Visitor Parking Map [PDF] to help find your way to your endoscopy appointment. Free shuttle service is available from our parking lot to the hospital. Follow these steps:

  • Park in Lot C/Patient Entrance.
  • Check in at the Admitting desk and our team will show you to the appropriate waiting area.

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