Digestive endoscopy aids in the diagnosis and treatment of common gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms like acid reflux (heartburn), difficulty in swallowing, abdominal pain, indigestion, GI bleeding, diarrhea, constipation and jaundice. Timely endoscopy can prevent esophageal, gastric and colon cancer by early detection and treatment of pre-cancerous and early cancer lesions. It can also detect other serious GI diseases such as achalasia and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Therapeutic endoscopy procedures which are minimally invasive can treat variety of GI diseases e.g. ERCP can treat biliary obstruction, EMR and ESD for early gastric and colon cancer.
The Digestive Endoscopy Unit provides affordable and high-quality gastrointestinal endoscopy and interventional hepatology procedures in a comfortable and safe surrounding.
The Unit’s consultant staff is comprised of board-certified gastroenterologists and digestive endoscopists dedicated to provide expert and compassionate digestive health care. They are ably supported by registered nurses and technicians with specialized training in assisting endoscopic procedures. Expert anesthesiologists trained for GI procedures are also available to provide sedation if necessary.
I. Diagnostic endoscopy
- Upper GI endoscopy or Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Single Balloon enteroscopy
- Capsule endoscopy
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB)
- Ultra-thin endoscopy
- Diagnostic Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with Spyglass® (Direct Visualization System)
II. Therapeutic endoscopy
- Control of GI bleeding
- Mechanical Coagulation (Hemoclip® or Resolution® clip application, Over-the-scope clips e.g. OVESCO®)
- Thermal Coagulation (e.g. Argon plasma coagulation, Gold probe coagulation)
- Injection sclerotherapy
- Rubber band ligation and Histoacryl injection
- Polypectomy (hot/cold snare polypectomy, Endoloop®)
- Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
- Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with stone extraction (balloon and basket) or lithotripsy (mechanical and laser stone crushing);
- Biliary stenting (metal or plastic)
- Pancreatic stenting
- Luminal dilatation and/or stenting (Achalasia, Duodenal and Colonic Dilatation)
- GI Foreign body extraction
- PEG tube insertion/replacement (Pull or button type)
- EUS guided celiac plexus neurolysis
III. Interventional hepatology
- Liver Biopsy (ultrasound guided)
- Aspiration of liver cyst or abscess
- Microwave ablation of liver tumors