What Services are Offered at Tulsa Endoscopy Center?
- Colon cancer screening
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Hemorrhoid banding
What Is a Colon Cancer Screening?
A colon cancer screening is a routine colonoscopy that is recommended beginning at the age of 50 for the general population and the age of 45 for African Americans when the risk of colon cancer rises 90 percent. For individuals who have a family history of colon cancer, routine colon cancer screenings should begin when they are 10 years younger than the family member who received his/her diagnosis. A colonoscopy is the “gold standard” for colon cancer screening, as it both prevents and detects colon cancer.
What Is a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a diagnostic procedure best performed by a board-certified gastroenterologist that examines the inner lining of the rectum and lower portion of the large intestine. A flexible sigmoidoscopy is used to assess symptoms of gastrointestinal distress and the risk of colorectal cancer.
What is an upper endoscopy?
An upper endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure performed by gastroenterologists to examine the esophagus, stomach, and the upper portion of the intestines, known as the duodenum. The procedure is performed using a long tube with a camera and light attached to the end. This device is known as an endoscope.
What Is Hemorrhoid Banding?
Hemorrhoid banding is a procedure designed to safely and effectively remove internal hemorrhoids. Using rubber band ligation, the hemorrhoid is tied at the base with rubber bands to restrict blood supply. Over time, within a week or two, the treated hemorrhoid will shrink and detach, leaving behind only a small scar.
What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure used for the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus. RFA removes precancerous cells from the lining of the esophagus using high radiofrequency waves.