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 Predictive Factors for Successful TIF Procedure
EndoGastric Solutions, a company that focuses on endoluminal reconstructive treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), this week announced publication of U.S. registry data on patient factors predictive of positive outcomes following transoral incisionless ...More
Endoscope with an Oxygen Sensor Detects Pancreatic Cancer
An optical blood oxygen sensor attached to an endoscope is able to identify pancreatic cancer in patients via a simple endoscopic procedure, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. ...More
Report Summary: Equipment Care and Controversies
Our latest EndoNurse report, "Endoscopy Suite Equipment: Cleaning, Care and Controversies," offers reprocessing-team-trusted, peer-reviewed, long-accepted information on how to best care for equipment. The report also looks into practices that are controversial and that may ...More
US Endoscopy Announces Full-Market Release of New Snare
US Endoscopy, a company that specializes in endoscopy device design and manufacturing, today announced the release of the Lariat snare. The new Lariat snare features a multi-functional design to address resection needs including piecemeal resection and multiple polyps ...More
Patients with Metastatic Colon Cancer Respond to New Therapy
Researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center recently found that patients with advanced colorectal cancer responded well to a combination therapy of the drugs vermurafenib, cetuximab and irinotecan. ...More
Surgeon and Facility Big Factors in Quality of Rectal Surgery
A new Mayo Clinic study shows that the type of surgeon and the type of hospital have a significant influence on long-term outcomes for patients who undergo surgery for rectal cancer. ...More
Does Endoscopy After Gallbladder Removal Reduce Pain?
In certain patients with abdominal pain after gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), undergoing an endoscopic procedure involving the bile and pancreatic ducts did not result in fewer days with disability due to pain, compared to a placebo treatment, according to a recent ...More
Dual Method to Remove Polyps May Reduce Healthcare Costs
A surgical method combining two techniques for removing precancerous polyps during colonoscopies can substantially reduce the recovery time and the length of hospital stays, potentially saving the healthcare system millions of dollars, according to recent research. ...More
Should Your Facility Personalize Colonoscopy Preps?
Gastrointestinal endoscopy teams know that one of the most important factors behind a successful colonoscopy is a successful prep. There are good general guidelines that work for most patients, but the key word is “most.” Sometimes, when a patient has ...More
Vibrating Capsule May Treat Constipation
An oral capsule that vibrates as it moves through the digestive tract has shown notable promise as a non-pharmacological treatment for constipation, according to new research. In the pilot study, the vibrating capsule was found to nearly double the weekly bowel movements of ...More