Our visiting gastroenterologists, Dr. Carl West and Sarah Champion NP, of Gastroenterology Associates of Ithaca, meet with patients at September Hill, and perform endoscopies and colonoscopies in Schuyler Hospital's surgical suites.
Upper Endoscopy Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that enables the examiner (usually a Gastroenterologist) to examine your esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and duodenum (first portion of small bowel) using a thin flexible tube that can be looked through or seen on a TV monitor.
EGD is usually performed to evaluate possible problems with the esophagus, stomach or duodenum and evaluate symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, anemia, etc. It is more accurate than x-ray for detecting inflammation or small lesions such as ulcers or tumors within the reach of the instrument, and also provides the ability to perform biopsies if needed.
Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure during which your large bowel (colon and rectum) is examined from the inside. Colonoscopies are usually used to evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or changes in bowel habits. They are also used to screen for colorectal cancer.
During the colonoscopy, if the doctor sees something that may be abnormal, small amounts of tissue can be removed for analysis, and abnormal growths, or polyps, can be identified and removed. In many cases, colonoscopy allows accurate diagnosis and treatment without the need for a major operation.
In early 2007, Schuyler Hospital acquired state-of-the-art gastroscopic and colonoscopic equipment, to provide patients and their physicians with superior imaging and picture clarity, reduced procedure times, and increased comfort, in addition to helping save lives through early diagnoses and treatment.
To schedule an appoinment, contact Dr. Carl West or Sarah Champion NP at (607) 272-5011.