HVCH gastroenterologists and general surgeons are able to perform procedures that examine the digestive system with the uses of endoscopes, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached. Under local anesthetic, the endoscope is passed through the body to examine the areas of the intestines through the use of a color television picture. In addition, your doctor may use an endoscope to take a biopsy (removal of tissue) to look for the presence of disease.
During an upper endoscopy, an endoscope is easily passed through the mouth and throat and into the esophagus, allowing the doctor to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine.
The purpose of this procedure is to identify:
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
- Swallowing disorders
- Nausea and vomiting
Endoscopes can be passed into the large intestine (colon) through the rectum to examine this area of the intestine. This procedure is called sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy depending on how far up the colon is examined.
The purpose of the procedure is to:
- Investigate intestinal signs and symptoms. A colonoscopy can help your doctor explore possible causes of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea and other intestinal problems.
- Screen for colon cancer. If you're age 50 or older and at average risk of colon cancer — you have no colon cancer risk factors other than age — your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years or sometimes sooner to screen for colon cancer. Colonoscopy is one option for colon cancer screening. Talk with your doctor about your options.
- Look for more polyps. If you have had polyps before, your doctor may recommend a follow-up colonoscopy to look for and remove any additional polyps. This is done to reduce your risk of colon cancer.
Colonoscopy Self Referral
Self-referral colorectal cancer screening is for patients age 45-70 who are in generally good health, have no gastrointestinal symptoms, and require a routine colonoscopy (either initial or follow-up colonoscopy after initial screening) for colorectal cancer.
Please complete the self-referral form or call 740-380-1300 to provide the required information.