Pennsylvania Endoscopy & Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy & Gastric Endoscopy Procedures in Pennsylvania

At Tristate NYBG, you’ll benefit from our AAAASF and state certified endoscopy suite. This is another great advantage to choosing one of the country’s leading bariatric clinics, along with our highly experienced team of surgeons and board certified anesthesiologists.

Here, you’ll be able to learn more about colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy procedures, along with when and why you may need them, and more about our unique capabilities as well.

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What is an Endoscopy Procedure?

You may have heard of endoscopy procedures without actually knowing what they are, and what they may entail. This procedure uses an endoscope, a thin, long and flexible camera which is utilized to image and diagnose potential ailments or health conditions. The camera provides access to areas of your body which would otherwise be unable to be viewed.

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Upper Endoscopy

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, more simply known as either UGI endoscopy, or upper GI endoscopy, offers imaging and examination of the upper gastrointestinal track, including the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine, or duodenum. Patients will be placed under sedation by a board certified anesthesiologist. The endoscope is then inserted through your mouth and is gently fed down your throat.

A UGI endoscopy procedure may be performed in several instances. This includes before undergoing bariatric surgery, to ensure that certain health conditions dangerous for surgery are not present, as well as before revisional surgery, to evaluate your initial procedure.

An upper gastric endoscopy procedure may also be performed after your surgery to examine and alleviate potential symptoms which have arisen. This includes persistent vomiting, severe abdominal pain, decreased weight loss, or strictures of the gastro-jejunosotmy, which is the connection between the small intestine and the stomach pouch for patients who have undergone a gastric bypass procedure.

When You Need a Colonoscopy

Colonoscopies are utilized in several instances, but their primary application is to test or screen for pre-cancerous and cancerous growths in the colon or rectum, and to remove them if found to be present. Collectively, these are known as colorectal cancers. A colonoscopy may also be used to detect ulcers, and areas of inflammation or bleeding, including inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Colonoscopies are also performed under sedation.

The numbers on colorectal cancer are staggering, yet, the success rate of treatment when properly detected is overwhelmingly positive. This is why regular screening is so important, recommended for average risk individuals over the age of 50, or sooner and more frequently for younger individuals with higher risk factors such as family or personal medical history.

Approximately 140,000 adults are afflicted with colorectal cancer annually, and 60,000 deaths are caused. Overall lifetime risk is roughly 1 in 20, or 5%, and 90% of cases occur in adults over the age of 40. However, the good news is that 80 to 90% of patients return to full health when it is caught early, which is reduced to 50% when it is caught at a later stage.


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What is the difference between Laparoscopy, Endoscopy, and Colonoscopy?

Many patients have some confusion about the differences between these terms. Here, you can learn more about each:

  • A gastric endoscopy procedure examines the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine (duodenum). The endoscope is inserted orally. However, “endoscopy” may also be used as a general term to classify any type of procedure utilizing an endoscope, including both laparoscopy and colonoscopy.
  • Colonoscopies utilize an endoscope inserted through the rectum to examine the colon and the large intestine. The main application is to screen for colorectal cancer and to perform biopsies and polyp removals.
  • Laparoscopic procedures can also be known as “keyhole” surgeries. Several small incisions are made in the abdomen to allow for the insertion of the laparoscope camera and surgical tools, offering a minimally invasive procedure compared to open procedure. Tristate NYBG not only offers laparoscopic surgery, but also, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS). Available for certain procedures, including the lap-band and sleeve gastrectomy, this is a virtually scarless technique offering reduced pain and recovery time.
What should I expect before the Procedure?

The details of your procedure will of course differ depending on what procedure you’re actually undergoing, and your surgeon will provide you with more detailed instructions. General guidelines may include no food or drink for 6-8 hours prior to your procedure, and the usage of a laxative prep prior to a colonoscopy to clear out your colon.

Anesthesia is required and will be administered by a board certified anesthesiologist. Endoscopy procedures do not require overnight hospital stays and are performed on an outpatient basis. Mild side effects to endoscopy may be sore or dry throats, gas, or bloating. Risk of complication is minimal, but may include punctures, perforations, infection, and internal bleeding.

Why Should I Choose Tristate NYBG?

Tristate NYBG is a nationally renowned bariatric clinic. We are the only local bariatric clinic with an in-house endoscopy suite which is AAAASF and state certified.

As a patient, this offers you a number of benefits. Our surgical team will be able to offer quick diagnosis and treatment for potential post-surgery problems. As opposed to being referred to gastroenterologists who have little experience with the anatomy of those who have had bariatric surgery, you’ll be examined by our highly experienced surgical team. An in-house endoscopy suite also offers more convenient and efficient service and treatment for you.

Visit the Tristate NYBG Endoscopy Suite

Our AAAASF certified endoscopy suite is another great reason you can be confident in choosing Tristate NYBG. Schedule an appointment by calling 800.633.8446. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or provide you with further information on how we can help.

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