Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to help physicians more thoroughly explore internal areas of the body, such as the colon, esophagus and small bowel.
The instrument used for this type of procedure is called an endoscope, but its name and the procedure's name vary depending on what area of the body is being explored. Akron General performs these types of endoscopy procedures:
Catheter-free pH monitoring
Chorionic villus sampling
ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
HALO ablation technique to treat Barrett's Esophagus
Small bowel biopsy
Small bowel evaluations using a capsule camera
Some procedures require anesthesia and are performed in an operating room. Many procedures, however, are performed with moderate sedation on an outpatient basis. Physician referral is required to have endoscopic procedures at Akron General Medical Center and at The Surgery Center at Akron General Health & Wellness. For convenience, both inpatient and outpatient endoscopy procedures are done in one centralized location in the hospital. Some outpatient endoscopic services are also available at The Surgery Center at Akron General Health & Wellness.
Advanced Technology for Faster Diagnosis
Akron General offers two types of testing with the newest technology in endoscopy for patient comfort and convenience. The first is the BravoTM pH Monitoring System, which uses a small capsule, about the size of a gelcap to collect and transmit data. This enables physicians to analyze esophageal pH levels and gastric reflux during the patient's every day activities. Abnormal pH levels are often a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The second of these technologies is the Givens capsule. It's a tiny camera that allows physicians to see the entire small intestine, helping in the diagnosis of a range of small bowel diseases, like Crohn's disease, gastrointestinal bleeding and more. Akron General Medical Center is one of the only hospitals in the area to offer these technologies.
Surgeons and gastroenterologists perform endoscopy procedures at Akron General Medical Center. Patients must have a referral by their physician for an endoscopy procedure.