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At Mountain View Endoscopy Center, which is co-located with our office, it is our goal to deliver high quality gastroenterology endoscopic services in an efficient and cost conscious manner. Since we understand the sensitive nature of gastrointestinal illness, we are dedicated to ensuring the privacy, confidentiality and complete satisfaction of every patient. Our facility offers the expertise of top physicians, state-of-the-art medical equipment, and a highly trained staff in one convenient, comfortable location. Ample parking and easy registration are provided. Patients typically spend 1 to 2 hours at our center, and our efficient staff works to avoid delays. Over the years, we have built a strong reputation for providing exceptional patient care.
To continually refine and improve our standards, we evaluate our performance on an ongoing basis and follow-up regularly with patients to learn how we can better serve their needs. The results speak for themselves: 99.5% of patients who completed our satisfaction survey indicated that our center met or exceeded their expectations, from admission through procedure and post-procedural care. As part of our commitment to provide excellent care for our patients, our center has received full accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Maintaining this accreditation requires us to meet all of the ongoing and ever more stringent standards set by this organization and to submit to periodic reviews of our practices and procedures.
The colon or large intestine begins at the small intestine and ends at the rectum and anus. A colonoscopy is performed to allow the physician to examine the lining of the entire large intestine for inflammation, ulcers, or growths. Usually the procedure is performed to screen for early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum or to determine the cause for sudden changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and/or weight loss. To keep the patient comfortable and relaxed during the colonoscopy, pain medication and a moderate sedative are given. A colonoscope, a long, flexible, lighted tube, is inserted into the patient’s rectum and slowly guided into the colon. Images of the colon are transmitted onto a video screen so the doctor can review them. During the examination, most abnormal growths in the colon can be removed using tiny tools passed through the scope. While most polyps are not cancerous, they could become malignant. By removing polyps for identification in a lab, a colonoscopy can prevent most cancers from forming. You should not experience any complications from this procedure; however, you should notify your doctor if you experience severe abdominal pain, fever and chills, or rectal bleeding. Bleeding can occur several days after a polyp has been removed.
Upper intestinal endoscopy
The upper gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth and continues down the esophagus, which delivers food to the stomach. An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is used to help diagnose (and often treat) ulcers, intestinal bleeding, esophagitis and heartburn, and gastritis (inflammation of the stomach’s lining). A flexible tube is inserted down the esophagus to collect images that are displayed on a video screen. Instruments may be inserted through a channel in the scope to collect tissue samples, remove polyps and conduct other examinations. To perform the procedure safely and comfortably, a spray or liquid is used to anesthetize the patient’s throat, and a sedative is given to promote relaxation and control the gag reflex. Although your throat may be sore for a little while after this procedure, other complications are very uncommon. However, if you begin to run a fever, have trouble swallowing, or have throat, chest or abdominal pain, immediately contact your doctor.
Sigmoidoscopy is a simple but useful way to examine the lining of the lower 1/3 of the large intestine (colon). A sigmoidoscope, a flexible tube with a small camera attached, is gently inserted into the colon. Air is introduced into the intestine to help make the area easier to view. The colon is examined as the tube is removed. There may be some bloating or cramping due the movement of the sigmoidoscope or the introduction of air into the colon. This test is performed to help diagnose inflammatory bowel disease; a bowel obstruction; colon polyps; colon cancer; or the causes of diarrhea, abdominal pain, or blood, mucus or pus in the stool. It may also be used to take a biopsy of a growth or validate findings from other tests. Its primary liability is that unlike a colonoscopy, it does not allow examination of the entire colon. If abnormalities are found, your physician will likely recommend that a colonoscopy be performed. Complications from this type of procedure are rare. However, you should contact your doctor if you have severe abdominal pain, chills and fever, or rectal bleeding. Rectal bleeding can occur several days after a biopsy is performed.
Video endoscopy capsule
This new examination method provides a detailed view of the entire length of the small intestine. The patient easily swallows a small, disposable camera that is the size of a vitamin pill. Images are transmitted to a recording device worn around the patient’s waist. The patient leaves the doctor’s office and returns eight hours later to have the receiver removed. Later the recorded images are downloaded to a computer for the doctor to view. This new and expensive test does not replace endoscopy (for the esophagus) or colonoscopy (for the colon). Unlike these other two examinations, the capsule’s camera cannot be guided, and biopsies cannot be taken as it moves through the intestine. However, it has proven to be very successful in finding the source of bleeding in the intestinal tract that standard tests failed to locate. Because it is a new and costly technology, some insurance companies will not reimburse for this procedure.