Endoscopy Services (GI Lab and Respiratory)
Endoscopy services are used by physicians to examine the interior passage
ways of the body. By using an endoscope, a long thin flexible tube with
a camera at the end, physicians can look for ulcers, tumors, inflammation,
bleeding, or infection. Through these services, your physician will be
able to biopsy a particular area (obtain a tissue sample), remove a polyp
in the colon, and stop any bleeding that may occur internally.
AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center offers endoscopy procedures of the
gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts.
The Endoscopy/GI Lab is located in the basement of the hospital. For more
information about our Endoscopy Services and the GI Lab, please call:
AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center offers the following Endoscopy services:
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Services
A colonoscopy gives physicians a view of your lower digestive tract, which
is comprised of the colon and rectum.
Physicians may use a colonoscopy to evaluate:
- Abdominal pains
- Change in bowel movement habits
- Determine a cause for blood found in stools
- Screen for colon cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer is the fourth
most common cancer in both men and women. Colonoscopies are an important procedure because they can assist in the
screening, prevention, and diagnosis of colorectal cancer. If polyps are
found and removed, they may prevent the development of colorectal cancer.
An EGD, also known as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, is a procedure that
uses a small flexible scope with a camera at the end to look at several
passage ways in the body: the small intestine, esophagus, and stomach.
An EGD will allow physicians to identify causes of:
- Internal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Problems swallowing
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
An ERCP, also known as an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography,
is a procedure that allows physicians to check the tubes (ducts) that
drain the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is used to directly put food,
liquids, and medications into the stomach. This procedure is usually done
for patients who have difficulty swallowing.
An endoscopic examination is done first in order to assess the condition
of the esophagus and stomach. Simultaneously, a physician will also determine
where the best place to insert the feeding tube is.
Respiratory Tract Endoscopy Services
Using a bronchoscope, a physician can look directly at the throat, larynx,
trachea, bronchial pathways and lower airways.
By looking at these specific areas, a physician can:
- Diagnose and determine the extent of lung cancer
- Find the cause of breathing problems or a chronic persistent cough
- Take tissue samples from areas that need further evaluation