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Minimally invasive endoscopy to diagnose and treat upper digestive tract ailments without surgery

Endoscopy is an important diagnostic test available to treat and, in many cases, cure diseases of the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach and the beginning of the small intestine.

At Southwest General, our highly skilled physicians routinely and successfully perform this minimally invasive procedure on area residents of all ages.

A Commitment to Advanced, Quality and Compassionate Care

Southwest General has kept pace with advances in endoscopy that have made this procedure accessible to most patients requiring medical care for digestive tract ailments. Our team of accomplished and compassionate professionals is ready to help with the latest approaches to diagnose and treat patients in an outpatient setting.

Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program

Southwest General now offers an Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program, which makes scheduling of screening colonoscopies easier. The program provides the option for eligible patients to skip the pre-colonoscopy doctor’s visit and directly schedule the procedure. To determine eligibility, patients are required to fill out an online application that contains a medical history questionnaire before being scheduled.

Our team will review applications daily and call within two business days to let patients know if they qualify for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program. If you qualify, you will be scheduled with our next available physician for your screening colonoscopy.

Healthy individuals who are aged 50 or older and need a routine screening colonoscopy are excellent candidates for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program. Those who are experiencing digestive health issues will be asked to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist prior to scheduling a colonoscopy and are not candidates for the Open Access Colonoscopy Screening Program.

To learn more, download our flyer.

To apply, download the application form.

Minimally Invasive Endoscopy for Diagnosis and Treatment

During minimally invasive endoscopy procedures, our skilled gastroenterologists use a flexible tube with a camera to see inside of the esophagus, stomach and the upper part of the small intestine.  The procedure is used to:

  • Collect tissue samples to test for diseases and conditions such as anemia, vomiting, abdominal pain, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, or cancer.
  • Diagnose digestive diseases and illnesses to find out what’s causing your symptoms.
  • Treat specific ailments of the digestive system by using special instruments to correct bleeding, difficulty swallowing, remove polyps or dislodge obstructions in the upper digestive tract.

Breakthrough Technology Extends Endoscopy Applications for Use in Gallstone Removal and Cancer Diagnosis

The utilization of advanced visualization technology now permits an endoscopy procedure called an ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangia Pancreatography) to break up small gallstones without surgery. It is also used to diagnose certain cancers through the collection of tissue samples previously unattainable via conventional endoscopy.

The benefits to our patients are significant. 

Where gallstones are concerned, it means that:

  • Patients may need only one procedure instead of several saving them inconvenience as well as discomfort. 
  • It affords a very high probability that they will receive immediate relief when the gallstones are removed. 
  • Where cancer is a concern, the procedure affords a non-surgical approach to obtaining specimens that would otherwise require other more complex procedures.

We Look Forward to Helping You

For more information on Endoscopy at Southwest General, please call 440-816-5345.