In addition to outpatient surgery, the Ambulatory Procedures Center provides outpatient services for a variety of procedures, including colonoscopy, EGD and bronchoscopy.
Colonoscopy is a procedure that examines the lining of your entire large intestine (colon), from the rectum to the lower end of the small intestine. The procedure is used to:
The procedure involves a small, flexible tube equipped with a video camera that transmits images of the inside of the colon to a monitor. This allows the physician to examine the colon lining for any disease or abnormalities such as inflamed tissue (colitis), polyps, ulcers or bleeding.
Bronchoscopy is a test to view the airways and diagnose lung disease. It may also be used during the treatment of some lung conditions. Common reasons to perform a bronchoscopy for diagnosis are:
You may also have a bronchoscopy to treat a lung or airway problem, such as to:
Bronchoscopies are performed using a bronchoscope, a device used to see the inside of the airways and lungs. Although it can be flexible or rigid, a flexible bronchoscope is almost always used.
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a test to examine the lining of the esophagus (the tube that connects your throat to your stomach), stomach and first part of the small intestine. It is done with a small camera called a flexible endoscope that is inserted down the throat. EGD may be done if you have symptoms that are new, cannot be explained, or are not responding to treatment, such as:
Your doctor may also order this test if you:
For more information, contact the Ambulatory Procedures Center at (585) 396-6595.