Endoscopy is a way of looking inside the body using a flexible tube that has a small camera on the end of it. This instrument is called an endoscopopy. An endoscope is passed through a natural body opening or a small incision. For gastrointestinal diagnosis, an endoscope may be inserted through the mouth or anus, depending on the area of interest.
MedStar Georgetown offers that level of expertise and experience with a staff of specialists in advanced endoscopic techniques. Our doctors are skilled at maneuvering the endoscope in even the smallest places in the GI tract and in the tiny ducts leading from the pancreas, liver and gallbladder.
In fact, at MedStar Georgetown, our doctors perform nearly 16,000 GI endoscopic procedures a year including:
- Upper endoscopies
- Endoscopic Ultrasounds (EUS)
- Small bowel endoscopies
- Video capsule endoscopies, also known as the pill camera
Our physicians' success rates in performing these procedures exceed national standards and are monitored continuously through quality improvement programs overseen by internal and external medical experts.
Endoscopy as Treatment
Small instruments can be inserted through an endoscope and used to take samples of suspicious tissues. In some cases, endoscopy provides a way to treat an illness as well.
Liver Evaluation and Treatment
There are many causes of liver disease, and we offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of such disorders as:
- Chronic viral hepatitis B
- Chronic hepatitis C
- Metabolic disorders of iron and copper (hemochromatosis and Wilson's disease)
- Drug-induced liver injury
- Alcoholic liver disease
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFL or NASH)
- Chronic cholestatic syndromes: primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and other causes of jaundice
Patients may also be referred for evaluation of:
- Elevated liver-associated enzymes
- Liver biopsy
- Liver transplant evaluation
- Our GI doctors offer the most advanced diagnostic technologies and nationally recognized experts in evaluating liver diseases and identifying patients for transplantation. Patients can be referred to MedStar Georgetown's Transplant Institute.
Liver Disease Treatment
In addition, our doctors offer therapy for patients with chronic viral hepatitis (Hepatitis B and C), as well as treatment for several other liver disorders. Because of an extensive clinical research program, the center also offers other therapies as they become available.