NEW! Endoscopy at Shoshone Medical Center
GI or gastrointestinal tract health is a top priority at Shoshone Medical Center. We offer patients diagnostic procedures that use the latest technology in endoscopy. What’s the benefit? Your doctors get a clear look at parts of the body not easily accessible by other methods, and you get GI care that you can trust ~ Right Here, Close to Home.
Upper Endoscopy uses a thin, flexible tube to look inside the esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine. This is one way to diagnose such ailments as ulcers or acid reflux disease. Sedation is often used during this procedure.
Colonoscopy uses a narrow, flexible instrument to look at the large intestine and part of the lower small intestine. Sedation is often used during this procedure.
A colonoscopy allows your surgeon to view the inner lining of your large intestine which includes both your colon and rectum to search for ulcers, polyps (precancerous growths), tumors or inflammation. A thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope is used to explore the large intestine. This tube has a small video camera attached, allowing your doctor to view the colon clearly and take video and pictures during the procedure.
If suspicious growths such as polyps are found, they can be removed during the colonoscopy procedure and tissue samples can be taken for further analysis.
A colonoscopy typically takes between 15 – 60 minutes.