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Digestive & Lung Services

Roper Hospital and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital each have endoscopy centers that offer a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for gastroenterology and pulmonary problems. Patients are cared for by board certified gastroenterologists and pulmonologists as well as nurses and techs that are certified by their professional organization. Many of our doctors have advanced specialized training in therapeutic services and will work with your primary doctor to evaluate and treat your gastrointestinal or pulmonary problems. View a directory of our doctors.

Our services include:

  • GI Endoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy Services
  • Small Bowel Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Motility and Hydrogen Breath Testing
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Video-urodynamics and Pelvic Floor Retraining 
 
 

Common Conditions

Many common gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are very treatable. Below is a list of common GI disorders.

Esophagus

  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Achalasia

Stomach

  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Cancer
  • Ulcers
  • Hernias
  • Gastroparesis

Small Intestine

  • Celiac Disease (aka Celiac Sprue)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Fructose Intolerance
          

Large Intestine

  • Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Colon polyps
  • Colon Cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Constipation

Anorectum

  • Rectal Cancer 
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Rectocele
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Anal Fissure
  • Fecal Incontinence

Liver/Gallbladder/Pancreas

  • Hepatitis
  • Cancer
  • Cirrhosis
  • Gallstones
  • Cholecystitis
  • Pancreatitis
 
 

Tests and Procedures

Roper St. Francis Healthcare Endoscopy wants to ensure patients and their families have all the information needed to prepare for their scheduled test or procedure. Below you will find information and instructions that will be helpful to your specific procedure. If you have questions or need additional information, please ask your doctor or contact the Endoscopy Center.

   
 

Patient Information for Endoscopic Procedures

Prior to your scheduled test or procedure, you will receive a call from the hospital to confirm registration and insurance information. This helps to shorten the time required to get checked-in when you arrive on the day of the procedure.

A nurse from the Endoscopy Center will also call you to explain what to expect and answer any questions that you have about the procedure. The nurse will ask about your health history including any allergies you have and the medications you are currently taking. This will shorten the time needed to get you ready on the day of the procedure.

When you arrive at the hospital, please have a list of your allergies, current medications and any major illnesses or hospitalizations. For your safety, we want to be sure that your health history is updated on the day of your test. 

On the day of the procedure, you will check in at outpatient services and be escorted to the endoscopy area. A nurse will explain your procedure and answer any questions. If you will receive sedation for the procedure, the nurse will start an IV and confirm information on your health history and be asked to sign a form giving your doctor consent to proceed with the procedure.

The doctor will talk to you after the procedure is over. The medicine you receive may make it difficult to remember what the doctor or nurses tell you after the procedure. It is helpful to have someone with you who can also hear the instructions, stay with you on the day of the procedure, and to drive you home.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare Endoscopy wants to ensure patients and their families have all the and instructions that will be helpful. If you have questions or need further information, please ask your doctor or feel free to contact the Endoscopy Center. 

Get general information or visit the tests and procedures section for information specific to your upcoming endoscopy procedure.

 
Patient Discharge Instructions

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Pediatric Outpatient Endoscopy

 
 

Pediatric Outpatient Endoscopy

Unexplained symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or pain in a child may require an internal examination. This can be done by using an endoscope, a small flexible tube with a camera on the end that is passed through the mouth or rectum. 

What to Expect
An endoscopy procedure is done as an outpatient at the hospital. A child cannot eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to the procedure. An infant may be able to have formula up to 5 hours before the exam depending on their age. The doctor will specify what time the child must stop eating or drinking.

If the doctor is examining the colon, he may give you instructions for how to cleanse the colon the day before the procedure. It is very important that these instructions be followed so that the colon is clean for the exam. If there is any problem with the child taking all of the laxative prescribed, please let your doctor know.

After being admitted to the hospital, the patient will change into a hospital gown. A nurse will ask some questions and explain everything. Sometimes the patient will get some medicine by mouth to help relax him. The nurse may also start an I.V. by inserting a tiny catheter into the patient’s vein.

Children receive general anesthesia or sedation with medicine through the I.V. The endoscopy is done in a procedure room with special equipment. Parents stay with their child until anesthesia begins. After the procedure, the child is observed and monitored carefully until it is time to go home. The doctor will talk to the parents and discuss what he found.

It is important to take the child directly home after leaving the hospital. The child may be drowsy, dizzy or weak and will need to rest or play quietly indoors for the remainder of the day. Other special instructions will be reviewed with the parents prior to going home.

Download discharge instructions for pediatric outpatient endoscopy.

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