Hoag Digestive Institute

Advanced Endoscopy Program

Advanced endoscopy at Hoag offers several advantages over traditional endoscopy techniques. These benefits make it a valuable tool in diagnosing and treating various digestive health conditions.

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Advantages of Advanced Endoscopy at Hoag

Enhanced Visualization for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Capabilities

Advanced endoscopy equipment often includes high-definition or even 4K imaging technology, providing superior image quality. This enables healthcare professionals to see small lesions or abnormalities more clearly, leading to more accurate diagnoses and better treatment planning. Advanced endoscopy also allows physicians the ability to perform interventions during the same procedure, reducing the need for multiple visits and procedures.

Minimally Invasive Benefits

Advanced endoscopy procedures are minimally invasive, which means they require smaller incisions or no incisions at all. This results in reduced post-operative pain, shorter recovery times, and decreased risk of infection compared to open surgical procedures. Many advanced endoscopy procedures can be performed with conscious sedation or local anesthesia, reducing the risks associated with general anesthesia.

Targeted Treatments Customized to Patient Needs

Advanced endoscopy can be customized to meet the specific needs of each patient and allows for precise, targeted treatments. For example, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) enable interventions such as biopsy, stent placement, or tumor ablation.  This targeted/individualized approach can lead to better outcomes.

Better Patient Experience/Decreased Pain & Discomfort

The reduced invasiveness, shorter recovery times, and minimal scarring associated with advanced endoscopy can contribute to a better overall patient experience. Patients often experience less pain and discomfort compared to traditional surgical approaches.