The Baystate Endoscopy Program is committed to providing endoscopic services in the safest manner possible and with results that provide patients and their physicians the most accurate care and information to support informed diagnoses and treatment decisions.
- Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure.
- Used to assess the interior surfaces of an organ by inserting a tube into the body
- Procedures provide an image for visual inspection and photography
- Procedure can be enabled to take biopsies and retrieval of foreign objects
Endoscopy can support minimally invasive surgery by providing surgeons with live visual images from tiny cameras inserted endoscopically.
Patients may receive conscious sedation so they do not have to be consciously aware of the discomfort.
Endoscopic procedures are utilized by many medical specialties, but the most applications are in gastroenterology. The most common endoscopic procedures include but are not limited to:
- Arthroscopy (joints)
- Bronchoscopy (lower respiratory tract)
- Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy (colon)
- Cystosacopy (urinary tract)
- Laparoscopy (abdominal/pelvic cavity)