There are many types of endoscopy—including those that use natural orifices, and those that use small incisions—but all are used to detect or treat illness. Those using natural body openings include colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, gastroscopy, enteroscopy, esophogealgastroduodenoscopy (EGD, or upper endoscopy), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Endoscopy procedures that use small incisions include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), etc.
New Statement Published on PEG Feeding Tubes for Kids
Placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube has become an "essential" technique for children and young people with a wide range of problems with feeding and nutrition, according to a position statement in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and ...More
Children's Hospital Starts Center for Complex Colorectal Issues
Nationwide Children’s Hospital has established a Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction, with internationally-known colorectal surgeon Marc Levitt, MD at the helm. ...More
New Study: Stretta a Valuable GERD Treatment
A newly published peer-reviewed paper suggests that Stretta therapy is a safe, lasting treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper was authored by George Triadafilopoulos, MD, clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and ...More
AAMI Working on Key Documents for Sterile Processing
A ground-breaking meeting in October 2011 has led to a new draft standard from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) that will provide sterile processing professionals with the means to address quality management systems. ...More
Children's Hospital Offers Endoscopic Surgery for Swallowing Disorder
Deion Brown of San Jose was a typical teenager with a healthy appetite. So, he and his mother knew something was wrong last summer when he could no longer gobble up everything on his plate. Instead, he’d spend time figuring out how he was going to swallow his food, ...More
Crab and Other Crustacean Shells May Treat IBD
Yoshimi Shibata, PhD, professor of biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, has received a $380,552 grant from the National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ...More
Is Endoscopic Removal of Gall Bladder Best for Duct Stones?
Among patients with possible common duct stones, removal of the gall bladder, compared with endoscopic assessment of the common duct followed by gall bladder removal, resulted in a shorter length of hospital stay without increased illness and fewer common duct examinations, ...More
Minimally Invasive Surgery Underused at Many U.S. Hospitals
Hospitals across the country vary substantially in their use of minimally invasive surgery, even when evidence shows that for most patients, minimally invasive surgery is superior to open surgery, a new study shows. The finding represents a major disparity in the surgical ...More
Do Probiotics Help Kids with Stomach Bugs?
ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Consumers worldwide spend billions of dollars each year on probiotic foods and supplements. But studies evaluating probiotics—microorganisms believed to aid digestive health—have been limited. ...More
Bowel Prep Update: Change on the Horizon?
. From prep type, to prep timing, to troubleshooting problems during prep consumption, a successful purge makes for a medical trifecta: happy endoscopist, happy endo suite staff, and a happy, better-served patient with a good shot at preventing colorectal cancer (CRC). ...More