Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining of your large intestine (colon) with a colonoscope to screen for cancer and other abnormalities. The procedure usually takes 15 minutes to 30 minutes. It is performed under mild anesthesia and painless. If you are having a colonoscopy, plan on spending 2 to 3 hours between registering, being prepared for, and recovering from the procedure. Read more about colonic cleansing and other colonoscopy services in New Jersey.
An upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper portion of your gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. During the procedure, your doctor will insert an endoscope down into the throat so that he or she can see images of your upper GI tract. The examination takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. It is performed under mild anesthesia and painless. Read more about EGD.
Therapeutic Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a specialized test to study ducts of the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver. During the procedure, your doctor will pass an endoscope through your mouth, esophagus, and stomach into the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). He or she will then take X-rays of the area. The examination usually takes 3 to 4 hours. It is performed in the hospital under anesthesia. Read more about ERCP.
Capsule endoscopy allows your doctor to evaluate the middle portion of the GI tract, which traditional endoscopy and colonoscopy cannot reach. The procedure involves swallowing a small capsule the size of a vitamin that contains a video camera. The little camera then records images of the GI tract throughout the day. Capsule endoscopy is commonly used to identify areas of bleeding, polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, and tumors in the small intestine. The capsule is excreted through the normal digestive process. It is disposable. Read more about capsule endoscopy.
Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS)
Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) allows your doctor to examine the lining and the walls of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. The upper GI tract includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum; the lower GI tract includes the colon and rectum. EUS also is used to study internal organs near the GI tract such as the gallbladder and pancreas.
Cholangioscopy with the SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System
During cholangioscopy, your doctor will examine the bile ducts with a fiberoptic endoscope during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). In some cases, cholangioscopy is used when X-rays do not provide enough information for diagnosis or therapeutic intervention requires direct visualization.
Barrx for Barrett’s Esophagus Ablation
Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the lining of the esophagus changes and becomes more like the lining of the small intestine rather than the esophagus. This process typically occurs where the esophagus joins the stomach. In some cases, Barrett’s esophagus requires ablation therapy to restore the lining to normal ― an approach that can be completed through an upper endoscopy (EGD) with special equipment.
Inpatient and Outpatient Non-endoscopic Services
Our doctors care for patients with all types of digestive diseases. They also offer consultations for patients hospitalized at Morristown Medical Center who have complicated gastrointestinal problems.