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.

  • Electric Stimulation May Soothe Stomach Woes for Diabetics
    LAS VEGAS—Diabetic patients who suffer from a common complication of diabetes called gastroparesis may find that chronic electrical stimulation (ES) at specific acupuncture points could relieve gastroparesis symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, early satiety, abdominal ...More
    November 8, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Study: Using Human Stool to Treat C-diff is Safe, Effective
    DETROIT—A novel therapy that uses donated human stool to treat the deadly and contagious C.diff infection is safe and highly effective, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. ...More
    October 22, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Simulating Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy: There’s an App for That
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, a study presented during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting showed that an iPhone application called iLarynx was effective at simulating fiberoptic bronchoscopy. ...More
    October 16, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • 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