Florida Digestive Health Specialists has fellowship trained physicians that provide exceptional patient care by offering the latest therapeutic techniques that are currently available.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
What is ERCP?
ERCP is one of the most challenging endoscopic procedure performed by gastroenterologists. It is a specialized technique used to study the bile ducts, pancreatic duct and gallbladder. During an ERCP procedure, the patient is kept under deep sedation, as the test lasts a longer time than other endoscopic tests and is quite sensitive. A long and flexible tubular device called an endoscope is passed through the patient’s mouth, down the esophagus and through the stomach until it reaches a segment of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract called the duodenum, which is the uppermost part of the patient’s small intestine. When the endoscope reaches this area, another plastic device called a catheter is guided through the endoscope and passed through a ting duct between the liver and pancreas known as the papilla. The catheter is designed to inject a contrast solution into either the pancreas or the liver, which will make those ducts show up very brightly on x-rays and give physicians a clear view of how those organs are functioning. If the patient has pancreatitis, for instance, your physician will be able to see it on the final x-ray image produced.
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
What is EUS?
EUS is an advanced endoscopic procedure that requires a level of training beyond that of basic endoscopy. It is a diagnostic and therapeutic tool used to evaluate abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract. An endoscopic ultrasound scope is a thin, flexible tube with both a camera and an ultrasound device on the tip of the scope. This scope is inserted into either the mouth or the anus to allow your physician to examine the lining and the walls of your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. The upper tract is the esophagus, stomach and duodenum; the lower tract includes your colon and rectum. EUS is also used to study internal organs that lie next to the gastrointestinal tract, such as the biliary system and the pancreas.