An endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure during which a surgeon uses a lighted tube with an attached camera to examine a patient’s digestive tract. In some situations, a surgical tool can also be attached to the tube, allowing the physician to remove abnormal lesions during the procedure.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our gastroenterologists often use endoscopies to diagnose and treat conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. We don’t just treat cancer; our gastroenterology team also sees patients with precancerous and noncancerous conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus. We have the experience necessary to treat complex and challenging cases as well as common diagnoses, and our individualized approach to treatment ensures that a one-of-a-kind plan is optimized for each patient’s unique needs.
Depending on a patient’s diagnosis and the symptoms he or she is experiencing, our team might recommend any of a number of different gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures. These include:
- Endoscopic ultrasounds and colonoscopies
- Endoscopic staging procedures
- Endoscopic laser surgeries
- Endoscopic stenting for cancers of the pancreas and bile duct
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatographies (ERCP)
- Endoscopic mucosal resection for tumors of the stomach and esophagus
- Endoscopic tumor ablation for Barrett’s esophagus
- Endoscopic photodynamic therapy for esophageal cancers
- Interventional pain medicine
At Moffitt, all endoscopy based procedures are performed by experienced gastroenterologists who have specialized training in the field. When appropriate, our gastroenterologists collaborate with our gastrointestinal oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and supportive care providers to ensure that each patient’s unique needs are met. This multispecialty approach allows us to not only produce exceptional outcomes, but improve each patient’s quality of life throughout treatment and recovery.
In our gastroenterology program, we utilize a number of advanced endoscopy technologies. Our team has access to SpyGlass™ direct visualization systems, Omega fluoroscopic systems and other state-of-the-art options. Screenings, early detection and prompt treatment are our top priorities, and these tools allow us to find – and address – gastrointestinal conditions with a high degree of accuracy.
To make an appointment with our gastroenterology team, call 1-888-MOFFITT or submit a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required, although we do welcome patients whose physicians wish to refer them for a gastrointestinal procedure or endoscopy. Additionally, patients do not need a diagnosis of cancer to request a colonoscopy or GI screening appointment.