Endoscopy




(985) 898-4412
6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Located on the 4th floor, take a left after exiting the elevators

St. Tammany Parish Hospital provides diagnostic procedures and treatment options for patients with digestive disorders and diseases of the colon/intestines, esophagus, gallbladder/bile ducts, liver, pancreas and stomach. Please click here for information on how to be best prepared for your visit to the STPH Endoscopy Center. Procedures offered include:

 

BRONCHOSCOPY

This procedure allows the physician to examine air passages, identify any problems and obtain tissue and fluid samples.

During a bronchoscopy, a tiny, flexible, fiber-optic tube (bronchoscope) is passed through the nose or mouth and windpipe into the lung
 passed through the nostril or mouth. You may experience some coughing, and no discomfort is felt if biopsies are taken.

You will receive oxygen through a mask or nasal prongs. The physician may choose to take X-rays or use a type of X-ray called fluoroscopy. 


COLONOSCOPY

A colonoscopy allows the physician to examine the lining of the rectum and the large intestine (colon) to locate any abnormalities. A flexible, fiberoptic tube (colonoscope) is passed through the rectum into the lower intestinal tract.

While you are lying on your left side, the lubricated colonoscope will be carefully moved through the colon. A biopsy specimen may be taken for microscopic examination. If a polyp - a growth that has developed in the colon - is identified, it may be removed. Clipped specimens are sent to the lab for microscopic examination. No discomfort is felt if polyps are removed or if biopsies are taken.

You will receive medication to remain comfortable during the procedure, and many people do not recall any of the procedure.

Colorectal cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum and is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. 

Who gets colorectal cancer?

  • Both men and women
  • Most commonly in people age 50 or older
  • The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age
  • Smokers

Screening saves lives!

  • Colorectal cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum
  • Over time, some polyps may become cancerous
  • Screening tests can find polyps, so they can be removed before they become cancerous
  • When colorectal cancer is detected early, the chance of being cured is good

What are the symptoms?

  • Some people do not experience symptoms
  • Blood in or on your stool
  • Frequent, unexplained pain, aches or cramps in your stomach
  • A change in bowel habits, such as stools that are narrower than usual
  • Unexplained weight loss


EGD

An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) procedure allows the doctor to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine) to locate any abnormalities. During this procedure, a flexible, fiberoptic tube (endoscope) is passed through the mouth and throat into the upper digestive tract. The patient is 

A biopsy specimen may be taken for microscopic examination. No discomfort is felt if biopsies are taken.

You will receive medication to remain comfortable during the procedure, and many people do not recall any of the procedure.


ESOPHAGEAL MOTILITY STUDIES

Motility is the process of moving food and waste products through the digestive system. Esophageal motility measures the squeezing pressure of the esophagus. This test can be used to evaluate swallowing problems, reflux or esophageal spasms.


FECAL MICROBIOTA TRANSPLANTATION (FMT)

FMT is performed for the treatment of recurrent C. difficile colitis. The procedure involves passing a colonoscope through the colon. As the colonoscope is withdrawn, donor stool is delivered through the colonosope into the colon. The procedure has a 90 percent success rate in curing the symptoms of C. difficile colitis.


PH STUDY

Heartburn and GERD
Heartburn occurs when contents from the stomach flow into the esophagus. Usually, there is a sensation of fluid or food coming back into the throat and mouth that tastes bitter or sour. The sensation of burning occurs after eating and can last for an extended period of time. Heartburn can be a symptom of a more serious condition, called GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease). Damage caused by GERD can lead to serious medical problems such as narrowing of the esophagus, Barrett’s Esophagus or difficulty swallowing.

Diagnosing
A miniature pH capsule, about the size of a gel cap, is attached to the esophagus. The capsule measures the pH levels in the esophagus and transmits this information to a receiver worn just like a cellular phone. You will receive a diary to write down eating and sleeping times. The “black box buttons” are pushed during those times symptoms are experienced. After the test is completed, return the receiver and the diary so information may be uploaded to a computer for review by the physician.

Monitoring Time Frame?
24 to 48 hours depending on physician request.

What happens to the capsule after the test?
The capsule is naturally eliminated from the body.

Can I have an MRI?
Patients are restricted from an MRI for 30 days.



SIGMOIDOSCOPY

A small, flexible, lighted tube is placed into the rectum. This test locates abnormalities, such as polyps, inside the rectum and lower third of the colon.

While a patient is lying on the left side, the lubricated colonoscope will be carefully moved through the rectum. A biopsy specimen may be taken for microscopic examination. If a polyp (growth which develops in the colon) is identified, it may be removed. Clipped specimens are sent to the lab for microscopic examination. No discomfort is felt if polyps are removed or if biopsies are taken.

You will receive medication to remain comfortable during the procedure, and many people do not recall any of the procedure.


STRETTA

The Stretta procedure is an outpatient treatment for GERD that takes less than an hour and patients typically return to normal activity the following day. The procedure delivers radiofrequency energy in the muscle of the lower esophageal sphincter for the treatment of GERD. 

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POST-PROCEDURE FOLLOW UP

St. Tammany Parish Hospital will follow up with you after your procedure. We will call the number you provided upon admit and, if there is no answer, a message will be left with a callback number. You should notify the nurse upon admission if leaving a message isn't an option. 

The hospital will continue to try to reach you by phone and postcard. You can also call our dedicated post-procedure number at (985) 871-5813 and let us know how you are doing. Please remember to leave your name and the date you had your procedure.