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In addition to outpatient surgery, the Ambulatory Procedures Center provides outpatient services for a variety of procedures, including colonoscopy, EGD and bronchoscopy. It is physically located within Thompson's Surgical Care Center and can be easily accessed by entering the Constellation Center for Health and Healing via The Thompson Way between the Sands Cancer Center and the Eye Care Center.
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.