Therapeutic endoscopy (also known as ‘interventional gastroenterology’ or ‘interventional endoscopy’) is the medical term for an endoscopic procedure during which treatment is carried out via the endoscope.
This contrasts with diagnostic endoscopy, where the aim of the procedure is purely to visualize a part of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, or urinary tract in order to aid diagnosis. In practice, a procedure that starts as a diagnostic endoscopy may become a therapeutic endoscopy depending on the findings, such as in cases of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, or the finding of polyps during colonoscopy.
More About Therapeutic Endoscopy
Some of the therapeutic endoscopic services we provide are:
- Endoscopic hemostasis
- Foreign body removal
- Variceal banding
- Endoscopic mucosal resection
- Endoscopic ablation
Our specialists have practices dedicated to performing the following advanced endoscopic procedures:
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – ERCP is a technique that combines the use of endoscopy and fluoroscopy to diagnose and treat certain problems of the biliary or pancreatic ductal systems.
Endoscopic Dilation – Esophageal dilation is a procedure that allows dilatation or stretching, of a narrowed area of the esophagus.
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a technique using sound waves, known as ultrasound, during an endoscopic procedure to look at or through the wall of the gastrointestinal tract.
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) – Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is an endoscopic procedure in which a flexible tube is placed into a patient’s stomach and/or small intestine to allow nutrition, fluids, and/or medication to pass directly into the stomach or small intestine when a patient is not able to meet his or her nutritional needs orally due to a medical condition.