Wayne UNC Health Care: Using Endoscopy to Detect Cancer Earlier
At Wayne UNC Health Care, we are proud to be on the cusp of medical discoveries, offering minimally invasive and efficient procedures that protect the health of our patients. One of those advances has been our endoscopic technology, which has improved the diagnosis of many digestive diseases. Our Goldsboro, NC endoscopies are used to examine the esophagus, stomach, liver, small intestine and colon, to help physicians see and detect pre-cancerous changes earlier than ever before.
The Endoscopy Department at Wayne UNC Health Care offers specially trained registered nurses and technicians to assist physicians and care for patients before, during and after the examination. In addition to endoscopy in Goldsboro, we are also proud to provide complete cancer care and treatment for patients across Wayne County.
Endoscopy Procedures at Our Goldsboro, NC Hospital
Wayne UNC Health Care is proud to offer the latest technologies and services concerning your digestive health, including:
- EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) – Examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper portion of the small bowel). This may involve the removal of a polyp or the collection of a specimen.
- Esophageal Dilation – Dilation tubes or balloons are used to stretch narrow portions of the esophagus.
- Barrett’s Ablation Therapy – This procedure is often used for treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus, a precancerous condition of the lining of the esophagus that can result from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The endoscopic procedure delivers radiofrequency energy in a unique way that helps ablate or remove unwanted, diseased tissue while minimizing injury to healthy esophageal tissue.
- Therapeutic Injection – An injection is done with a small needle probe through the endoscope. The needle is used to inject a solution to the desired location. The solution may sclerose (harden), vasoconstrict (make smaller), or cause swelling to stop and/or prevent bleeding.
- Variceal Banding – The physician places a small band around the varices to reduce the flow of blood to the vein in order to prevent further bleeding.
- Small Bowel Enteroscopy – Examination of the small intestine beyond the second portion of the duodenum and not including the ileum.
- ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) – Endoscopic technique for radiologic visualization of the biliary and/or pancreatic ducts during which the physician may place a stent, obtain a biopsy or remove a stone(s) from the ducts to promote adequate drainage.
- PEG (Percutaneous Gastrostomy Tube Placement) – A technique for the endoscopic insertion of a gastrostomy feeding tube through the endoscope.
- Colonoscopy – Examination of the entire large intestine/colon. This may involve the removal of a polyp or the collection of a specimen.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy – Examination of sigmoid colon. This may involve the removal of a polyp or the collection of a specimen.
- Polypectomy – The removal of a polyp with a wire loop with or without electrical current.
- Hemorrhoidal Banding – Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum. Hemorrhoid banding is a procedure to remove them.
Special & Advanced Procedures
- Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy – The PillCamTM SB video capsule will enable your doctor to examine your entire small intestine. Capsule endoscopy helps your doctor determine the cause for persistent symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding or anemia.
- Esophageal pH monitoring – A 48-hour esophageal pH study is the monitoring of the levels and changes of acid content in the esophagus, over a 24-hour period, during which the patient conducts his or her normal daily activities. Esophageal pH monitoring is the current gold standard for diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Esophageal Manometry – Esophageal manometry is the recording of the muscle pressures and coordination of activity in the esophagus and is the current gold standard for the assessment of the esophageal motor activity.
Preparing for Your Endoscopy in Goldsboro
The Day Before
- Your physician will instruct you on bowel preparation for a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy. You will also receive instructions regarding your medications and when you need to stop eating and drinking.
- A registered nurse will attempt to contact you by telephone to obtain your medical/surgical history, medications, allergies and special needs.
The Day of
- Bring a picture ID and your insurance card.
- Please bring all your medications in their original containers.
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
- You may brush your teeth the morning of the procedure, but do not swallow any water.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- If you wear contact lenses, please bring contact supplies and/or wear your glasses.
- Leave valuables at home, including jewelry, piercings and money.
- You will need to arrive at the Hospital 1 ½ hours before your scheduled procedure.
For Your Safety
If you are having a procedure requiring sedation, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult. You will not be able to drive for 24 hours after your procedure.
- Parking is in the Rehabilitation Parking area at the Southeast Wing. Check in at the Rehabilitation Desk upon arrival.
- After verifying that all of your insurance and demographic information is correct, patient registration will place an armband on your wrist. You will then be directed to the Endoscopy Waiting Room.
- A nurse will take you to a room to prepare for the procedure. Your family members will be brought back to the room after the process has been completed. Only two family members will be allowed with the patient at a time.
Following the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area where you will be monitored until you are awake and able to drink fluids. Your physician will discuss the procedure with your responsible person. You will be given written instructions and educational material at the time of your discharge.
To learn more about our endoscopy procedure at Wayne UNC Health Care, contact us online or give us a call at 919.731.6292.
Wayne UNC Health Care offers comprehensive medical care and a variety of services, including endoscopy, in Goldsboro, NC, as well as to patients from Clinton, Greenville, Kinston, LaGrange, Mount Olive, Princeton, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Wilson and throughout Wayne County.