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.

  • 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
  • Study Examines Endoscopic Vein-Graft Harvest
    CHICAGO—Although there have been questions regarding the safety and durability of endoscopic vein graft harvest for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, an analysis of data of more than 200,000 patients who underwent CABG surgery found no evidence of a long-term ...More
    August 2, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • A HydroPrep Case Study: South Lake Tahoe
    At Barton Memorial Hospital (BMH), in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., patients undergoing colonoscopy now have a new prep option. The HydroPrep is a combination of low-volume oral prep, clear liquids the day before colonoscopy, plus colon hydrotherapy the morning of the ...More
    August 1, 2012 Posted in Articles, Procedures
  • Study: Virtual Colonoscopy With No Laxative is Effective
    SAN FRANCISCO—Computed tomographic colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, administered without laxatives is as accurate as conventional colonoscopy in detecting clinically significant, potentially cancerous polyps, according to a study performed jointly at ...More
    June 15, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Mayo Clinic Offers Newly Approved Treatment for GERD
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Mayo Clinic in Florida will be one of the first healthcare institutions in the United States to offer a newly approved device to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The condition, also known as acid reflux disease, can lead to serious health ...More
    April 17, 2012 Posted in News, Procedures
  • Fecal Transplant: An Up-and-Coming Cure for Recurrent C. diff
    Clostridium difficile infection is one the most common hospital-acquired infections, and is an increasingly frequent cause of morbidity and mortality among elderly hospitalized patients. Clostridium difficile colonizes the human intestinal tract after the normal gut flora ...More
    April 11, 2012 Posted in Articles, Procedures