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An endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your gastroenterologist to view the inside of your digestive tract. Endoscopies are done as an outpatient procedure, which means you will be able to leave the hospital shortly afterwards. Your doctor may recommend an endoscopy to help diagnose why you’re having digestive problems that may include:

Types of Endoscopic Procedures

There are several types of endoscopic procedures that allow your gastroenterologist to view the affected area of the gastrointestinal tract, including:

  • Capsule endoscopy – Patients swallow a vitamin-sized capsule that contains a tiny wireless camera. The camera then takes pictures as it makes its way through the digestive tract. This offers doctors the chance to view your small intestine, which is difficult to view using traditional endoscopies.

  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy – A thin scope with a light and camera attached at the end is inserted into the mouth to view the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine, which is called the duodenum.

  • Sigmoidoscopy – A long, flexible tube with a small light and camera attached is inserted into the rectum to view the inner lining of the rectum and lower colon. It can help diagnose abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or changes in bowel habits.

Cutting-Edge Technology for Accurate Diagnosis

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists collaborates to effectively treat and manage a wide range of digestive diseases. Our gastroenterologists are highly trained and offer the latest advances in care, including minimally invasive procedures and proven surgical techniques. At the Digestive Disease Center, our patients receive:

  • Expert care – Our board-certified gastroenterologists see more than 13,000 patients every year. They offer unmatched insight and experience into helping patients manage their unique digestive disorder.

  • Latest advances in care – Temple gastroenterologists are the leaders in minimally invasive surgery and are often the first to offer the newest standards of care for a wide range of digestive disorders.

  • State-of-the-art facilities – We offer advanced technology to diagnose, treat and manage complex digestive disorders.

  • Clinical trials – As part of a leading academic center, Temple physicians regularly and participates in the latest research and clinical trials for digestive disorders. Our patients have the access and opportunity to take part in select trials that may be a good fit for their condition disease and treatment plan.

  • Convenient locations – Patients have access to outstanding care at several locations in Greater Philadelphia.

We are proud to be a regional leader in the treatment of digestive disorders. You can expect innovative care that diagnoses, treats and manages your condition so you can live a full, healthy and active life.

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