Facebook Pixel


To protect the health and wellbeing of our community, no visitors are allowed into our hospitals until further notice.
Limited exceptions may be made. Learn more.

Now offering virtual visits for all WakeMed Physician Practice primary care and specialties locations. Schedule an appointment today.

Visit COVID-19 Information Page

Explanation of Endoscopy Procedures

1900 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27618 | 919-350-8000 | Map & Directions

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.