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.
Engaging Patients for a Proper Prep: Colon Prep Center Educates Patients, Leads to Clean Colons, Efficient Workflow
Executive Summary Gastroenterology endoscopy teams know that one of the most challenging parts of the colonoscopy process is making sure that patients clean their bowels properly prior to the procedure. This education process can be laborious and tiresome. Colon Prep Center ...More
Big Increase in Surgeon Training for da Vinci Colorectal Surgery
A record number of U.S. colorectal surgeons received hands-on training this month using the da Vinci Surgical System at the fourth-annual Colorectal Fellowship Training Program, sponsored by Intuitive Surgical. Intuitive Surgical hosted 88 residents this year, up from nine ...More
Proactive Monitoring Of IBD Drug May Prolong Effectiveness
Proactive monitoring and dose adjustment of infliximab, a medication commonly used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), could improve a patient’s chances of having a long-term successful response to therapy, a pilot observational study at Beth Israel Deaconess ...More
Cells Eating Poison: A Method for Killing Colon Cancer
These days, cancer researchers aim to design targeted and specific therapy—those that kill cancer but spare the surrounding tissue. Immunotoxins, which use cancer-targeted antibodies linked to deadly toxins such as ricin, are one such therapy. However, few have ...More
Should Medicare Cover Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage?
The evidence standard that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) used to approve Medicare coverage of a stool DNA colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test, under a new joint approval process with the Food and Drug Administration, should be applied to CT ...More
Study: Fully Covered Metal Stents Work on Benign Biliary Strictures
A Boston Scientific prospective, multinational study on stent removability and preliminary long term stricture resolution of benign biliary strictures was published in the August issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Gastroenterology. ...More
APIC Releases Infection-Control Certification Study Guide
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has released the fifth edition of the Certification Study Guide to assist candidates preparing for the Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) exam. ...More
Death of Joan Rivers Brings Endoscopy into the Spot Light
You’ve probably heard that comedian and television host Joan Rivers died last week during a procedure at an endoscopy facility in New York City. What’s clear is that this is sad. What’s not clear? Whether the endoscopy facility did anything wrong. ...More
Olympus Launches Hemostasis Clip for GI Endoscopy
Olympus announced today the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared QuickClip Pro hemostasis clip designed for bleed control and defect closure during GI endoscopy procedures. ...More
Can an Endoscopic Procedure Help Treat Type-2 Diabetes?
Fractyl Laboratories Inc. today announced positive clinical data for the first endoscopic procedural therapy to directly treat the underlying digestive causes of insulin resistance in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. The non-invasive Revita Duodenal Mucosal ...More