Explanation of Endoscopy Procedures
EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy): Examination of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.
Esophageal Dilation: Dilation tubes or balloons are used to stretch narrow areas of the esophagus.
Therapeutic Injection: An injection done with a small needle probe through the endoscope. The needle is used to instill/inject a solution to the desired location. The solution may sclerose (harden), vascoconstrict or cause swelling to stop/prevent bleeding.
Variceal Banding: The physician places a small band around the varices to reduce the flow of blood to the vein in order to prevent further bleeding.
Flexible Sigmoidocopy: Examination of all or a portion of the colon. The procedure may involve collection of a specimen.
Eteroscopy: Small intestinal Endoscopy beyond the second portion of the duodenum and not including the ileum. The procedure may involve collection of a specimen.
Polypectomy: Using a wire loop with or without electrical current, polyps (protruding growths) can be removed from the digestive tract; commonly done with Colonoscopy and less commonly with an EGD.
ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography): Endoscopic technique for radiologic visualization of the biliary and/or pancreatic ducts during which the physician may place a stent, obtain a biopsy or remove stone from the ducts to promote adequate drainage.