Carolinas HealthCare System University offers a range of endoscopic and special procedures to help physicians diagnose and treat patients.
In endoscopic procedures, physicians use an endoscope (a lighted optical instrument) to look inside the body and examine organs. These tests are commonly used when diagnosing and treating diseases as well injuries to organs of the digestive system such as the esophagus, stomach, and large and small intestines. Other tests are also offered, such as those for the lungs and airways.
Physicians specializing in gastroenterology (diseases of the digestive system), registered nurses, nurse's assistants, and gastroenterology technicians are among the medical professionals who see patients who are having an endoscopy or special procedure.
Four procedure rooms, located on the first floor at the new admission area, are dedicated to endoscopy and special procedures.
For more information about the services we offer, or a specific procedure, please call us at 704-863-5638.
Among the many procedures offered are:
- Colonoscopy - using a special scope to view the inside of the large intestine and the rectum.
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) – using an endoscope to view the upper portion of the digestive tract to the first part of the small intestine.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – using a special scope and dyes that can be seen on X-rays to diagnose and treat certain problems with the liver and pancreas.
- Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement - inserting a tube through a small incision in the abdomen into the stomach. This tube will carry nutrition directly to the stomach.
- Infusion Therapy - giving special medication to patients intravenously.
- Drawing blood samples from portable catheters