Endoscopy
Services

Are You in Need of Endoscopic Services?

If you would like to learn more about the
endoscopic services we offer, please call:

Redwood Memorial Hospital
(707) 725-3361, ext. 2700
St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka
(707) 445-8121, ext. 6063

A gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is a type of medical procedure that assesses the lining of the upper digestive tract. To ensure that the upper GI tract is clear, a small, flexible tube will be inserted down a patient's esophagus and into the stomach. A small camera mounted to the tube will allow your physician to examine the internal lining of your digestive tract, determine the cause of pain, swelling, or discomfort, as well as prevent, treat, or diagnose digestive disease.

If you are experiencing any of the following, we can help diagnose the issue and determine if a digestive problem needs to be addressed:

  • Intense abdominal or chest pain
  • Bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Problems swallowing or worsened throat pain
  • Unexplained and severe weight loss
  • Difficulty breathing or painful breathing
  • Discolored or bloodied stool

Our digestive health services also include:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopacreatograhpy (ERCP)
  • Capsule Endoscopy

St. Joseph Hospital is a leader in providing endoscopic services. It is our primary mission to provide our patients with the highest quality of endoscopic care possible. We offer comprehensive services ranging from traditional endoscopies to cutting-edge procedures not available anywhere else in the North Coast.

In fact, St. Joseph Hospital is the only hospital in the North Coast that provides esophageal function studies. Due to our specialized and Board Certified team of nurses and physicians, we can provide our patients with top-of-the-line diagnostic and clinical treatment remedies.

Leaders in Endoscopic Services

At Redwood Memorial Hospital, we understand that our patients deserve the highest-level service, and to that end, our endoscopic services are no exception. Our goal is to always provide the most phenomenal endoscopic care possible.

At both Redwood Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Hospitals, our specialized team of nurses and physicians provide diagnostic and treatment services, which include colonoscopies and upper gastrointestinal endoscopies (EGD). Our comprehensive endoscopic services include anything from traditional endoscopies to the newest procedures, which you will find performed nowhere else throughout the North Coast.

For more information about our diagnostic and clinical testing, contact our office at (707) 445-8121, ext. 6063.

Endoscopy Q & A

How to Prepare for an Endoscopy

If you are preparing for an endoscopy, please keep in mind that your procedure may include the insertion of a small camera tube down your esophagus. Though we do provide general anesthetic and sedative to calm the gag reflex and numb the body, we want to ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible throughout every stage of your procedure.

Do you have a question, concern or anxiety about a specific endoscopic procedure that you will be receiving in the near future? This is completely normal and we definitely understand. Please consult our physicians right away and we would be happy to provide you with the information you need for a sound, peaceful mind.

What is an endoscopy?

Endoscopic procedures can be used to diagnose various symptoms, to check for any abnormalities, or to provide effective treatment. The tool used is an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a tiny camera on one end. In an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, the endoscope goes down the esophagus to evaluate the digestive tract or to treat an issue in the upper digestive tract. The camera allows the physician to look at the digestive tract on a monitor in real time.

A colonoscopy can screen for colon cancer, and an ERCP is a diagnostic measure for gallbladder, bile system, pancreatic, and liver problems. An esophageal manometry is an esophageal function study, which assesses the functionality of the esophagus.

One of our newest procedures is the capsule endoscopy, where instead of inserting a tube, the patient swallows a capsule that contains a camera, and in this way a physician can scan the small intestine through the thousands of photographs captured by the capsule's camera.

What can you expect from an endoscopic procedure?

Your physician will likely tell you to not eat or drink in the several hours leading up to the exam. In many cases, a patient will have a sedative, nullifying the effects of the gag reflex or any other discomfort. We are equipped to help you stay as comfortable as possible throughout this vital medical procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please do not hesitate to contact our qualified professionals. It is only normal to feel some apprehension before a medical exam, and we are eager to answer your questions and clear away any uncertainties.

Don't wait - call us today. You do not have to wait to find the answers that you need. Whenever you need medical answers or helpful assistance, we at Redwood Memorial Hospital are here for you.

What symptoms may need to be investigated with an endoscopy?

Some of these symptoms include a persistent hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, unexplained anemia, blood in vomit or stool, or recurring nausea and vomiting. If you experience serious heartburn, pain in the abdomen, or a great deal of inexplicable weight loss, these too could be reasons to have an endoscopy.

If you have a question or concern about a specific endoscopic procedure that you will be having, please do not hesitate to consult with your physician.

If you have any of the above symptoms, or if you think you may need this diagnostic, you may need to discuss these issues with a physician to determine whether or not you would benefit from an endoscopic procedure.It would be impossible to create a complete list of symptoms that could require an endoscopy to either diagnose or treat. Please do not hesitate to talk to a doctor whenever you experience mysterious symptoms.

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