Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists
Gastroenterology located in Aiea, HI & Honolulu, HI
From your issues with your bile ducts to problems with your pancreas, advanced endoscopies can help doctors prevent, diagnose, and treat a range of illnesses and conditions. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists use a variety of advanced procedures and techniques to help you heal. If you live in or near Honolulu or Aiea, Hawaii, and need specialized treatment, contact the office today to schedule your initial consultation with gastroenterologists specially trained in advanced endoscopy. You can even book your appointment online.
Advanced Endoscopy Q & AWhat Kind of Advanced Endoscopy Procedures are Available?
Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists offers multiple advanced endoscopy procedures, including:
- Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS): Endoscopic ultrasounds allow your doctor to obtain an ultrasound image of your digestive tract and its surrounding area, including your pancreas and lungs. Your doctor uses an endoscope — a thin and flexible tube — that has an ultrasound device on the end of it, as well as a light and a camera.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): In an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, your doctor inserts an endoscope through your mouth and into your digestive tract. Once in the small intestine, your doctor passes a catheter through the scope and into the pancreas and gallbladder ducts, where it injects a dye that can be seen via X-ray.
- Balloon Endoscopy: A balloon endoscopy uses the assistance of balloons to allow the endoscope to travel deeper into the small intestines. By incorporating balloons, the area around the end of the endoscope is inflated, giving the scope more area to travel. The balloon is deflated and pushed alongside the endoscope, where it’s again inflated.
Different endoscopy procedures can identify and diagnose different ailments. Your gastroenterologist may recommend one of these procedures to diagnose:
- Abnormalities in your gallbladder and liver
- Gallbladder stones
- Problems in the small intestine
Your doctor may also recommend an advanced endoscopy to evaluate the growth of tumors and progression of diseases.What Happens During an Advanced Endoscopy Procedure?
When you have an advanced endoscopy at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists, your gastroenterologist gives you a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. Once the sedative takes effect, your doctor may have you lay on your side or back on the table.
They spray a numbing agent in your throat and place a plastic mouth guard. Your gastroenterologist then inserts the endoscope through your mouth and into your digestive tract. The next course of action depends on the procedure your doctor’s performing. They may take pictures, remove polyps, or perform a variety of other functions.
Once the procedure is complete, your doctor removes the endoscope. The whole procedure can take anywhere from 15-60 minutes. Due to the sedative, you will need someone to drive you home.
If you’re in need of an advanced endoscopy, schedule your appointment at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists today, where experts in the procedure practice. Call the office or go online to book now.