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Endoscopy

The fully modern Endoscopy Suite at the new Beartooth Billings Clinic enables doctors to accurately diagnose diseases and problems of the digestive system.  Having this service available in a state-of-the-art medical facility, so close to home, is great convenience for many Carbon County residents.

When might a person require an endoscopy?

Here is a list of common conditions that an endoscopy can both diagnose and provide helpful information regarding treatment: 
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Incontinence
  • Internal bleeding
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Stomach ulcers

What exactly is endoscopy?

Endoscopy involves a flexible, lighted instrument, called a "scope" that is inserted into the digestive system. Advances in equipment and technology make endoscopic procedures safe, with minimal discomfort for patients, and can reduce the need for more invasive surgery.

When is an endoscopy used?

To confirm a diagnosis: An endoscopy is often used to confirm a diagnosis when other devices, such as an MRI, X-ray, or CT, may have provided only partial information.  

To assess problems: An endoscopy is often carried out to find out the degree of problems a known condition may have caused.  In these cases, it may significantly contribute towards the doctor's decision on the best treatment.

Would I stay in the hospital overnight?

Typically, endoscopies are performed on an outpatient basis, with the patient returning home the same day, so no overnight stay is required.  A caregiver (family member or companion) is required to provide transportation and general assistance before and after the procedure.  

What else should I know?

Each type of endoscopy procedure requires specific preparations, so please consult with your physician and his/her staff at the time your endoscopy is scheduled.  They will provide you with complete instructions.    

If you would like further information on endoscopy procedures at Beartooth Billings Clinic, please call 446-2345