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, please review the endoscopy preparation information before your procedure.
To ensure you are fully prepared, review all prep information at least seven days before your procedure.
Follow all instructions from your provider and review our referral, financial, and cancelation policies. If you need to cancel or postpone, please call us at 508-210-5806 no later than 72 hours (3 days) before your scheduled appointment.Where to report for your procedure:
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth
275 Sandwich Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Use Parking Lot A, which is closest to the Endoscopy Department by Urann Lobby. Valet is available.
Health considerations prior to your Endoscopy
If you’re taking any medications:
- Diabetes Medication: Please contact the doctor who manages your diabetes before making any changes to your diet, medications or insulin pump.
- Pepto-Bismol or Iron Supplements:Please stop taking 7 days prior to your procedure.
- Aspirin and Pain Medications: You may continue to take aspirin or similar pain medicines.
- Blood Thinners: Please contact your prescribing physician if you have not already done so.
Do NOT make any changes to these medicines on your own.
If you may be pregnant:
Please consult your OB/GYN provider before your appointment to discuss optimal timing for your procedure, and the best sedation/anesthesia approach.
Please notify us in advance if you:
- Stop taking any Pepto Bismol or Iron Supplements
- Stop takingweeklydoses of GLP-1 agonists (Wegovy, Ozempic, Trulicity, Saxenda, Mounjaro, etc.)
Note: If you take adailydose of GLP-1 agonist, you may continue until the day of your procedure
Prepare your ride home
- You may not drive yourself home after sedation.
- A responsible adult must come to the procedure area to drive you home when you are ready for discharge. You must provide their name and phone number upon check-in. If you cannot provide this information, your procedure may be delayed.
Note: Public transportation such as taxi, bus, Uber, or Lyft is not allowed.
Food: Stop eating all solid food. No hard candy or gum.
Liquids: You may drink clear liquids for up to four hours before your procedure.
Clear liquids include:
- Tea or coffee
- Black only- no cream or non-dairy creamers of any kind
- Clear juices
- White grape, apple and cranberry (with no red/purple dye)
- Broth & bouillon
- Jell-O (no red)
- Popsicles (no red)
Clear liquids do NOT include:
- Solid food
- Gum or hard candy
- Drinks with red dye
- Dairy products
- Juice with pulp
4 hours before your scheduled procedure time
- Fluids: Stop drinking all fluids
- Food: Do not take anything by mouth. (food, drink, candy, or gum).
- You may take any usual morning medications with a small sip of water.
- If you have diabetes or take blood thinners, please follow your doctor’s advice regarding any changes to your medications that may be needed.
- If you take GLP-1 agonists (Wegovy, Ozempic, Trulicity, Saxenda, Mounjaro, etc.)
- Daily Dosing – Do not take your GLP-1 medication on the day of the procedure.
- Do not drive
- Avoid going to work or school.
- Avoid making important decisions.
- Avoid providing care for children.
You may resume all activities the next day unless otherwise instructed.
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: