Tristate NYBG stands apart as your leading choice for bariatric surgery in New Jersey. One of the many reasons for this is our unique, state of the art on-site endoscopy suite. We offer our patients an AAAASF and state certified endoscopy suite to go along with our highly skilled surgical team, board certified anesthesiologist, and fantastic track record of weight loss success. Learn more about our endoscopy suite and the procedures we’re able to perform here.
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Colonoscopy & Gastric Endoscopy Procedures in New Jersey
Endoscopy & Colonoscopy
What is an Endoscopy Procedure?
An endoscopy is a procedure which utilizes a long, flexible and thin camera, known as an endoscope, to provide imaging and access to specific areas of your body. This allows for diagnosing, screening and treating certain conditions.
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An upper GI endoscopy procedure refers to an endoscopy which examines and images the upper gastrointestinal track, which includes your esophagus, stomach and duodenum (small intestine). After a board certified anesthesiologist administers sedation, the endoscope is inserted orally and gently fed down your throat. The procedure may also be referred to as an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, or upper GI endoscopy.
There are several reasons to have a UGI endoscopy. Before you undergo bariatric surgery, this is important to ensure there are no dangerous health conditions which exist, such as bacterial infections, tumors, acid reflux disease, and so forth. Additionally, prior to a revisional surgery, an endoscopy procedure will be performed to evaluate your initial procedure and determine your potential revisional options.
Further, a UGI endoscopy may be required if certain conditions or symptoms appear following your surgery. This could include severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, acid reflux disease, and either decreased weight loss or no feelings of fullness.
When You Need a Colonoscopy
Colonoscopy procedures are most commonly used to screen for colorectal cancer, including pre-cancerous and cancerous growths in the colon or rectum which can then be biopsied and removed. Patients will be placed under anesthesia for this procedure.
Colorectal cancer inflicts 140,000 people annually, causing 60,000 annual deaths. However, up to 90% of patients who have early treatment return to full health.
This figure drops to 50% when colorectal cancer isn’t caught or treated until later stages. This is why screening via colonoscopy is so important. Screening is recommended starting at the age of 50 for average risk individuals. Roughly 90% of all cases occur in adults over the age of 40. For higher risk individuals, based upon personal and family medical history, earlier and more frequent screenings are recommended. Overall, your lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is roughly 1 in 20.
Colonoscopy procedures may also be utilized to screen for and manage inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
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What is the difference between Laparoscopy, Endoscopy, and Colonoscopy?
To clear up confusion, it’s important to discuss some terminology. To begin with, endoscopy may be used as a general term to refer to any procedure involving an endoscope. This means that both laparoscopy and colonoscopy procedures are actually types of endoscopy. That said, an upper or gastric endoscopy procedure refers specifically to the above described procedure utilizing an orally inserted endoscope to image and examine the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (small intestine).
A colonoscopy utilizes an endoscope which is inserted through the rectum to evaluate the colon and the large intestine. As discussed, this is primarily utilized to screen for colorectal cancers.
Laparoscopic surgery is also known as keyhole surgery. This reduces invasiveness and recovery time compared to open surgery. Surgical tools are inserted via several small abdominal incisions.
A further advancement that Tristate NYBG specializes in is SILS, or Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. Available for both the lap-band and sleeve gastrectomy procedures, only a single small incision is required. This offers virtually scarless results, while reducing the associated pain and recovery time of your procedure.
What should I expect before the Procedure?
The specifics of your procedure and its risks will of course vary depending on the type of procedure you’re actually undergoing. As a general guideline, you will need to forego food and drink for at least 6 to 8 hours prior to your procedure, and in the case of a colonoscopy, will need to use a laxative prep or enema to completely clear out your colon.
Anesthesia is required and will be administered by a board certified anesthesiologist. An endoscopy procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, which does not require overnight hospitalization.
Endoscopies are safe and offer minimal risk of complication. Risks may include punctures or perforations in the area which was evaluated, as well as infection or internal bleeding. Mild side effects may include sore throats, bloating, and gas.
Why Should I Choose Tristate NYBG?
Tristate NYBG offers our patients the unique benefit of an in-house endoscopy suite, a highly experienced surgical team, and a board certified anesthesiologist. Our endoscopy suite is the only of its kind locally, found within a bariatric clinic, and both state and AAAASF certified.
Our endoscopy suite is advantageous for you, as it offers more efficient and convenient service. As opposed to being referred to a gastroenterologist who is not experienced with bariatric surgery patients, we are of course intimately familiar with the unique anatomy and needs of bariatric patients. Additionally, an in-house suite allows us to offer quick diagnosis and treatment for any post-surgical issues which may arise.
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If you’re ready to move ahead with bariatric surgery in New Jersey, then get in touch with the expert team you can trust, Tristate NYBG. Call us directly at 800.633.8446 and we’ll schedule an initial appointment and answer any remaining questions.
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