Our endoscopy experts can diagnose a range of conditions
Specialized Endoscopy Care
Endoscopy procedures are used to look inside your digestive tract. They can help detect digestive health issues early, making them easier to treat. At Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth, our specialists are experts in a range of endoscopy procedures. They work as a team to help you get the care you need.
Types of Endoscopy Procedures
Our providers offer a range of endoscopy procedures that make screening and diagnosis easy:
Colonoscopies and upper endoscopies can’t allow doctors to see the small intestine very well. Capsule endoscopy is able to take detailed pictures of the small intestine. It can help discover possible causes of bleeding, anemia or diarrhea.
Capsule endoscopies are small tablets (like a pill) that you swallow and pass in your stool. As the capsule travels through the body, it takes detailed pictures of the small intestine.
Colonoscopies are used to look at the lower part of your digestive tract. Our gastroenterologists use a colonoscope (a thin, flexible fiber optic tube) to view the inside of your colon and large intestine.
Esophageal dilation is a procedure used to “widen” the esophagus. Certain conditions can cause the esophagus to narrow, such as chronic acid-reflux, tumors or hiatal hernias.
Patients are given a spray or gargle to numb the throat so they don’t feel discomfort during the procedure. Then, a provider guides a tube down the throat to widen the esophagus.
Liver biopsies help our gastroenterology and digestive health specialists diagnose liver conditions, such as cancer and hepatitis.
A liver biopsy involves taking a small sample of your liver for testing. Our specialists use a small needle, guided by an ultrasound, to collect the sample.
Paracentesis is a procedure used to drain fluid that builds up in the abdominal cavity. This is often caused by conditions like cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), kidney problems or even cancer.
Our specialists use a needle to drain fluid from the abdomen. Some of this fluid may be kept for testing.
Upper endoscopies are used to look at the upper gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus (throat), stomach and duodenum (the part of the small intestine that connects to the stomach). Our specialists use this procedure to detect ulcers, signs of inflammation or even growths.
During an upper endoscopy, you are given medicine to help you sleep so you remain comfortable. Your provider guides a camera down your throat and into your stomach.
Preparing for an Endoscopy Procedure
To prepare for an endoscopy procedure, you need to follow certain guidelines leading up to the procedure. If you are scheduled for an endoscopy procedure, please review the preparation information before your procedure. You also should follow all instructions from your provider.
Conditions We Diagnose
Our team of experts have experience using endoscopy procedures to diagnose:
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Colon polyps
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Pancreatic cancer and bile duct tumors
Services & Procedures
Our goal is to help you achieve your best digestive health. We offer the following services to achieve these goals: