Providence St. Joseph Hospital Eureka is a leader in endoscopic services. We diagnose and treat disorders of your digestive tract with minimally invasive procedures. You can depend on us to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
We use endoscopic procedures to diagnose various symptoms, check for abnormalities and provide effective treatment. The tool we use is called an endoscope. It’s a flexible tube with a tiny camera on one end.
Your doctor will likely tell you not to eat or drink for several hours leading up to your exam. We provide a sedative to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your procedure.
If you have questions or concerns about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s normal to feel some apprehension before your exam. We’re happy to answer questions and eliminate any uncertainties.
Our experienced team offers both traditional endoscopies and cutting-edge procedures not available anywhere else on the North Coast.
Services we offer include:
- Capsule endoscopy — A test in which you swallow a capsule that contains a camera. The camera takes thousands of pictures as it moves through your digestive tract and allows your doctor to scan your small intestine.
- Colonoscopy — A test used to screen for colorectal cancer and to look for areas of inflammation or bleeding. During this exam, we can also collect tissue samples and remove abnormal growths.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) — A diagnostic test for conditions that affect your gallbladder, bile system, pancreas and liver.
- Esophageal manometry — A test that evaluates how well your esophagus works.
- Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy — We pass the endoscope down your esophagus to evaluate or treat an issue in your digestive tract. The camera allows your doctor to see your anatomy on a monitor in real-time. This procedure can be helpful for ulcers, inflammation, infections, tumors and bleeding.
Sometimes, we do screening tests in endoscopy. That’s often the case with colonoscopy, a screening test for colon cancer. Other times, we do procedures to evaluate symptoms. Symptoms that may lead your doctor to send you to us include:
- Bleeding in your upper gastrointestinal tract
- Difficulty breathing or painful breathing
- Discolored or bloodied stool
- Intense abdominal or chest pain
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Persistent hoarseness
- Trouble swallowing or worsened throat pain
- Unexplained and severe weight loss
- Unexplained anemia