Endoscopy Lab

The endoscopy lab is the unit where esophagogastroduodenoscopies (EGDs) and colonoscopies are performed.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is an examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera (flexible endoscope) which is inserted down the throat.  It is considered a minimally invasive procedure since it does not require an incision into one of the major body cavities and does not require any significant recovery after the procedure (unless sedation or anaethesia has been used).

A colonoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the colon and rectum.  Colonoscopies can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers, and abnormal growths. The procedure is used to look for early signs of colorectal cancer and can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, and weight loss.

In early 2010, the Surgical Services department upgraded their scope washing machine with a high-tech machine called the Evotech.  By removing the need to manually clean, the Evotech system eliminates the risk of human variation in endoscope cleaning and provides a more consistent and sterile cleaning process.  In addition, its 33-minute or less reprocessing cycle time provides fast turn-around of instrumentation and enables healthcare workers to spend more time completing patient-related activities.

Last year, the operating room (OR) staff performed 320 EGDs and 437 colonoscopies.  It is very important for us all to have a screening colonoscopy starting at age 40.