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.
Can Your Team Increase Colonoscopy Screening Rates?
Your team members can do everything right. You can work well together, keep up to date on education and procedures and do those procedures perfectly. But what good is any of that to a person who never makes it in for a screening? ...More
Does Meditation Relieve Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
MADISON, Wisc.—People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma—in which psychological stress plays a major role—may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques, according to a study by University ...More
So, Why Did Al Roker Poop His Pants?
Celebrity weatherman Al Roker recently released a book about how his life has been improved by bariatric surgery. In the book and while promoting it, Roker shared that after the surgery, he once, well, pooped his pants. At the White House. ...More
CT Colonoscopy May Increase Screenings for Military
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Availability of CT colonography (CTC), commonly known as virtual colonoscopy, is increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates across military medical facilities ...More
Brief Class on Easy-to-Miss Polyps Ups Detection
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Most people know a colonoscopy requires some preparation by the patient. Now, a Mayo Clinic physician suggests an additional step to lower the risk of colorectal cancer: Ask for your doctor’s success rate detecting easy-to-miss polyps called adenomas. ...More
Colon Prep Center Finds New Ways to Cleanse Bowels
As every endoscopy nurse knows all too well, a number of things must occur before a successful colonoscopy can be performed—things that the nurses and physicians involved with the procedure have little or no control over. ...More
Slide Show: How Colon Hydro-Therapy Works
Colon hydro-therapy is a form of bowel prep that cleanses a patient prior to colonoscopy. Sometimes this process is called a colonic. It’s conducted on an FDA-approved "closed system" colonic irrigation device. ...More
Scientists Explore Resistance to Colon-Cancer Treatment
TORONTO, Canada—Cancer scientists led by Dr. John Dick at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have found a way to follow single tumor cells and observe their growth over time. By using special immune-deficient mice to propagate human colorectal cancer, they found that ...More
Are You Ready for 3D Endoscopy?
Historically, surgical technology has been characterized as relatively conservative with low levels of innovation. With a number of ground-breaking developments, this is no longer the case. One particularly interesting area that has advanced recently is the field of 3D ...More
Thriving with a Feeding Tube
As a nurse you may have assisted with the placement or maintenance of a feeding tube. What you may not have seen is how some patients can not only survive on a feeding tube, but thrive. ...More