About Endoscopy Services at Bayshore
Endoscopy is the field of medicine that examines the inside of the body to diagnose, evaluate, and treat conditions of the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and portions of the intestine. Bayshore’s endoscopy department provides a one-stop approach for diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal and bronchoscope procedures on an outpatient, in-house, and emergency basis.
Why Bayshore for Endoscopy Procedures?
Choosing a hospital setting has its advantages, from access to all of the services and expertise offered through the Hospital, to amenities such as Concierge Care, you can have peace of mind knowing that all of your needs can be met. Bayshore’s multi-disciplinary team includes gastroenterologists, colon and rectal surgeons, bariatric surgeons, and anesthesiologists, as well as highly trained, nationally certified registered nurses, and certified technicians.
High Definition Scopes
With its recent conversion to new high definition scopes for gastrointestinal procedures, the Endoscopy team can now achieve extremely clear views and improved visual contrast, imaging the digestive tract in greater detail to detect abnormal growths. This enhanced vision helps physicians to detect and remove problematic growths in the esophagus, stomach and colon, before they become cancerous.
Endoscopic Procedures Include
Colonoscopy: a colonoscopy provides a view of the interior lining of the large intestine (colon) using a colonoscope, a flexible fiber-optic tube. The procedure provides a view of the large bowel. A biopsy may be performed to evaluate tissue . It may be used to evaluate hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding, polyps and in determining the extent of inflammatory bowel disease. A colonoscopy also helps diagnose colon cancer.
Bronchoscopy: a bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that provides a view of the tracheobronchial tree (bronchi), or large passage ways of the lungs. This procedure is typically performed to investigate abnormal chest x-rays or to biopsy or collect bronchial or lung secretions to help diagnose and evaluate upper respiratory issues.
Anorectal Tests: this test helps determine the strength of the muscles in the rectum and anus, and helps to evaluate anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s disease, using a small tube to measure the pressures exerted by the sphincter muscles that ring the canal.
Small Bowel Enteroscopy: the examination of the small intestine with an endoscope.
Video Capsule Endoscopy: a capsule endoscopy helps doctors examine the small intestine. Because traditional procedures, such as an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy, cannot reach this part of the bowel, capsule endoscopy may be helpful in identifying causes of bleeding, detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, and tumors of the small intestine. A PillCam (a tiny camera contained in a capsule) is swallowed. The PillCam passes naturally through the digestive tract while transmitting video images to a data recorder. The data recorder is secured to a patient’s waist by a belt for eight hours. Images of the small bowel are downloaded to a computer from the data recorder. The images are reviewed by a doctor on a computer screen.The endoscopy department has the latest technology for video capsule endoscopies, now offering 12-hour evaluation of the small intestine, all with a portable data recorder worn close to the body. Bayshore was one of the first hospitals in the area to embrace the original 8-hour camera-pill endoscopy, and again a leader in upgrading to this more extensive 12-hour technology for capturing the inner workings of the difficult-to-reach small intestine.
Esophageal Gastro Duodenoscopy (EGD): an EGD, or esophagogastroduodenoscopy, provides a view from the mouth to the beginning of the small bowel. This procedure is typically performed on patients who have difficulty swallowing or who may have ulcers, heartburn, upper GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding, or to find the cause of abdominal pain. It is also used to investigate tumors or abnormalities in the upper GI tract.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): the ERCP, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, examines the pancreatic, gall bladder and biliary ducts. It can identify and remove stones or diagnosis tumors in the ducts or identify a narrowing of the ducts.
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG): a means of providing food and nutrients when oral intake is not possible, using a tube passed into the stomach through the abdominal wall. PEG is often an alternative to open surgical gastrostomy insertion.
Additionally, our endoscopy department is also home to Bayshore’s infusion services, for patients requiring frequent infusions of medications. Services include:
- Blood and platelet transfusions
- Intravenous antibiotics
- Treatment for anemia and low calcium
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Therapeutic phlebotomy
- Medications for various blood disorders
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Bayshore Medical Center
727 North Beers Street
Holmdel, NJ 07733
To learn more about our Endoscopy services, please call 732-739-5996.
Appointments are scheduled through the treating physician’s office. Patients will be contacted by the Endoscopy staff prior to their procedure.
Hours of Service
Monday – Friday:
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
24 hours a day for emergency procedures