Advanced Endoscopy - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Advanced Endoscopy

For those suffering from more complex disorders of the digestive tract, advanced endoscopic services are available to diagnose, evaluate and treat these disorders. Our gastroenterology team includes experts and specialists trained in minimally invasive, interventional and therapeutic endoscopy procedures that minimize risk and offer patients less invasive treatment options.

If you have been diagnosed with a disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, bile duct or pancreas, talk to your doctor about advanced endoscopy evaluation and treatment options.

Advanced Endoscopy Procedures

Crozer-Keystone offers the following advanced endoscopy services:

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

A procedure that allows the doctor to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. The doctor can examine these organs to detect any abnormalities and perform specific intervention and treatment. Specialized cameras are used to look inside of the bile duct and pancreas duct, take biopsies and help to shatter large stones. Stents can be placed and ablation can be delivered to treat inoperable bile duct cancers.

Diagnostic and Interventional Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

Endoscopic ultrasound uses a specialized endoscope (tube-like camera) and sound waves to examine the walls of the esophagus, stomach and intestine, as well as structures near the GI tract in addition to performing other intervention such as draining large cysts of the pancreas. This is an important diagnostic and staging tool for patients with tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, including the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and bile ducts. This procedure is also used to place gold markers called fiducials directly into tumors to guide radiation oncologists delivering radiation therapy targeted to that specific area.

Advanced, Complex Endoscopic Resections

Endoscopic resections are complex, advanced techniques used to remove different sizes of pre-cancerous growths, tumors or polyps, preventing the need for surgery. This treatment option is offered to carefully selected patients, including patients with Barrett’s Esophagus associated with dysplasia or early superficial esophageal cancer, pre-cancerous polyps or adenomas of the stomach and first part of the small bowel (duodenum), and large polyps of the colon and rectum. Endoscopic resections offer effective treatment for tumors of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, colon and rectum.

Esophageal, Enteral and Colonic Stents Placement

Stents assists in relieving obstruction of the GI tract related to cancerous growths or narrowing of the tract due to scarring. Stents also help manage leaks from certain parts of the GI tract due to holes from tumors or as a result of prior intervention.

Endoscopic Incisional Therapy

This is a technique used to help treat narrowing and strictures in the esophagus related to fibrous rings and acid related damages and from prior surgery.

Deep Enteroscopy

Diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic interventions in small bowel lesions, particularly treatment of bleeding lesions and tissue acquisition for diagnosis. 

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