Our visiting surgeon, Dr. Wade Bollinger, of Surgical Associates of Ithaca, meets with patients in Schuyler Hospital’s Specialty Clinic, and performs endoscopies and colonoscopies in Schuyler Hospital’s surgical suites.
Upper Endoscopy Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that enables the examiner (usually a Gastroenterologist) to examine your esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and duodenum (first portion of small bowel) using a thin flexible tube that can be looked through or seen on a TV monitor.
EGD is usually performed to evaluate possible problems with the esophagus, stomach or duodenum and evaluate symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, anemia, etc. It is more accurate than x-ray for detecting inflammation or small lesions such as ulcers or tumors within the reach of the instrument, and also provides the ability to perform biopsies if needed.
Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure during which your large bowel (colon and rectum) is examined from the inside. Colonoscopies are usually used to evaluate symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or changes in bowel habits. They are also used to screen for colorectal cancer.
During the colonoscopy, if the doctor sees something that may be abnormal, small amounts of tissue can be removed for analysis, and abnormal growths, or polyps, can be identified and removed. In many cases, colonoscopy allows accurate diagnosis and treatment without the need for a major operation.
Schuyler Hospital’s state-of-the-art gastroscopic and colonoscopic equipment, provides patients and their physicians with superior imaging and picture clarity, reduced procedure times, and increased comfort, in addition to helping save lives through early diagnoses and treatment.
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons offers information on common treatment and screening procedures. For more information on one of the following topics, go here.
Colorectal Cancer Surgery- Follow Up Evaluation
Tips for Safer Surgery
Assess Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer
Genetics and Colorectal Cancer
Laparoscopic Surgery – What Is It?
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women combined. Despite the fact that it is highly preventable, it is estimated that approximately 148,600 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed next year and 55,200 people will die from the disease.
1. Get regular colorectal cancer screenings, beginning at age 50. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps, or a personal history of cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, talk to your doctor about earlier screening.
2. Eat between 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day from fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread and cereals, nuts and beans.
3. Eat a low-fat diet.
4. Eat foods with folate, such as leafy green vegetables.
5. If you use alcohol, drink only in moderation. Alcohol and tobacco in combination are linked to colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers. If you use tobacco, quit. If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start.
6. Exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four days each week. Moderate exercise, such as walking, gardening, or climbing steps, may help reduce your risk.
Colorectal cancer is preventable, and it is easy to treat and often curable when detected early. Ask your Schuyler Hospital physician about colorectal cancer screening tests, and when you should have them performed.