Procedures


Our highly skilled physicians, nurses and technologists work together in our state of the art endoscopy units at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford.  These units are staffed with a team of professionals who provide our patients with warmth and comfort.  It is the compassionate care of this team that provides our patients with the highest standards of care.

Endoscopy:  Physicians gain a clear, detailed view of a patient’s digestive tract by using a long, thin, flexible tube with a tine video camera on the end.  This procedure, more precise than an x-ray and usually painless, allows other instruments to be passed through to immediately remove growths or polyps.  Patients receiving this treatment may avoid surgery or receive a more precise diagnosis for a specific surgery that may need to be performed in the future.


Specific types of endoscopic procedures include:

Colonoscopy:  In addition to serving as a diagnostic tool for the colon, a colonoscopy is an important detection method for colon cancer and a routine treatment for polyps. Learn more about our Stress-Free Colon Cancer Screening Program.

Gastroscopy:  Examines the esophagus and stomach and is important for detecting and preventing permanent damage due to reflux diseases

Sigmoidoscopy:  Similar to a colonoscopy, the GI uses a sigmoidoscope to screen the lower part of the large bowel

ERCP:  This exam is both a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure that uses a lighted flexible tube and x-ray to examine the bile and pancreatic ducts that drain the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder into the small intestine. 

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS):  EUS is an advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedure combining endoscopy and ultrasound to examine the walls of the upper GI tract and rectum, as well as surrounding structures. EUS is also used to visualize other organs including portions of the liver, gallbladder and left adrenal gland. For more information on Endoscopic Ultrasound, click here.

Barium enema:  sometimes used as a substitute for colonoscopy, this x-ray examination of the entire colon and rectum detects lumps, polyps or abnormalities

 

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