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 System Allows Surgery Through Dime-Sized Hole
    CENTER VALLEY, Pa.—Olympus this month announced the availability of a surgical system that allows surgeons to remove the gallbladder through the belly button using a single incision of only 12-15mm in size. This one-of-a-kind system, developed over a five-year period, will ...More
    October 3, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Study Explores Surgical Use of Endoscopic Imaging
    PARIS—Mauna Kea Technologies, an endomicroscopy company and developer of cancer-viewing Cellvizio imaging, recently announced the expansion of its program to investigate surgical applications of the technology. ...More
    September 25, 2012 Posted in News, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • New Cell Therapy May Treat IBD
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—New research shows that a special population of stem cells found in cord blood has the innate ability to migrate to the intestine and contribute to the cell population there, suggesting the cells’ potential to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). ...More
    September 24, 2012 Posted in News, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Mayo Clinic: Split-Dose Prep Is Better
    OAK BROOK, Ill.—A new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona showed that system-wide implementation of a split-dose preparation as the primary choice for colonoscopy significantly improved polyp detection rates and adenoma (precancerous polyp) detection rates, ...More
    September 20, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Electrosurgery, Jewelry and the GI Suite
    Virtually every hospital or freestanding endoscopy center wisely advises patients during scheduling to plan to leave their jewelry at home. If asked why, “the chance of a burn during electrosurgery" is often the reason given. ...More
    September 13, 2012 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Utah Study: Biopsies May Overlook Esophagus Disease
    SALT LAKE CITY—University of Utah engineers this month announced that they mapped white blood cells called eonsinophils and that an existing diagnostic method may overlook EoE. EoE is short for eosinophilic esophagitis, an elusive digestive disorder that causes swelling in ...More
    September 11, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Endovascular Repair Works on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
    ROCHESTER, Minn.—A minimally invasive procedure known as endovascular repair used for abdominal aortic aneurysms has a low rate of complications, even in high-risk patients such as those with kidney, heart or lung problems, according to a new Mayo Clinic study. ...More
    September 6, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • AORN Infection-Prevention Document Open for Comment
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has drafted a document called the "Recommended Practice for Prevention of Transmissible Infections" and has posted it online for public comment. ...More
    August 29, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Mayo Clinic: 4 Pills Replace Liquid Laxative for Colonography
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—One of the most unpleasant aspects of colorectal cancer screening for many patients is the amount of laxative they must drink the night before. Some become so anxious about drinking so much liquid that they avoid the entire procedure, putting them at risk ...More
    August 24, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • You Don't Belong Here: Removing Objects
    If you're a member of a GI endoscopy team, you've probably assisted in some way with getting items out of a body that never should have been in the body. Pencils, batteries, chicken bones. All of these items have been consumed, and the brave people of endoscopy had to get ...More
    August 21, 2012 Posted in Blog, Industry Issues, Procedures