Endoscopy & Digestive Health
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Your Condition and Treatment
Learn about our team of gastroenterologists and digestive health experts who diagnose and/or treat patients with the conditions listed below, and the endoscopy procedure services offered at Northern Westchester Hospital.
- Anorectal Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Colorectal Disease and Colorectal Cancer
- Esophageal Diseases
- Functional Dyspepsia
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Liver Diseases
- Pancreas and Biliary Diseases
High risk patients and people over the age of 50 may be seen periodically by a gastroenterologist. In addition, regular surveillance colonoscopies are recommended for screening of cancer.
Endoscopies are performed by highly trained Doctors of Gastroenterology at NWH. The Chief of the NWH Gastroenterology Division is Elie Abemayor, MD.
Endoscopies are non-surgical procedures that use a thin flexible tube with a fiber-optic light and camera to examine the digestive tract. Some of the common endoscopy procedure services performed at NWH include Colonoscopies, Gastroscopy or Upper Endoscopy, Bronchoscopy, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP), and Endoscopic Ultrasound.
Endoscopic services include:
Colonoscopy is a procedure for viewing the walls of the colon (large intestine). The doctor passes the scope through the rectum into the colon. Colonoscopy is one of the best ways of screening for colon and rectal cancer.
The procedure lasts about one hour; it may be shorter or longer depending on what needs to be done. The recovery period after the procedure is usually about 30 to 60 minutes.
Colonoscopy Procedure—What to Expect and How to Prepare
Sedatives are given to make you drowsy and comfortable. During the procedure you will lie on your side on an examining table. The instrument used to perform a colonoscopy is a flexible tube called a colonoscope, containing a small hollow channel and a light & lens system. The colonoscope is ½ inch in diameter. It is inserted in the rectum and passed through the large intestines. This permits a visual and photographic inspection of the colon.
If the doctor sees something abnormal during the colonoscopy, the doctor can perform minor surgical procedures with the colonoscope such as: biopsy, hemostasis, injection of medication, dilation, removal of polyps, and others.
Gastroscopy or Upper Endoscopy Procedure
By passing the scope through the mouth and throat, the doctor can view the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestines.
By passing the scope through the mouth and throat, the doctor can examine your throat, larynx, trachea and lower airway.
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP)
This type of upper endoscopy procedure allows the doctor to take pictures of the pancreas and gallbladder.
Endoscopic or Bronchoscopic Ultrasound
This procedure combines an upper endoscopy or bronchoscopy with an ultrasound examination. The endoscopic or bronchoscopic ultrasound is one of the innovations NWH has instituted. The ultrasound allows NWH doctors to pinpoint a tumor more accurately, resulting in better visualization of a tumor and better quality of the biopsy.
Dr. Elie Abemayor is Chief of Gastroenterolgy and Chair of the Medical Board at Northern Westchester Hospital.
For more information or to make an appointment for our endoscopy procedure services, call us at 914.666.1284. We proudly serve patients in Westchester County as well as areas as far as New York City and New Haven, Connecticut. The team at NWH is here to help you.