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What is Therapeutic Endoscopy?

A therapeutic endoscopic procedure provides treatment that is carried out via the endoscope. A procedure, which starts as a diagnostic or screening endoscopy, may become a therapeutic endoscopy depending on what is visualized during the procedure. An example is the finding and removal of polyps during a colonoscopy or treating a peptic ulcer that is bleeding.

Therapeutic Endoscopic Services

Some of the therapeutic endoscopic services we provide are:

  • Endoscopic hemostasis
  • Foreign body removal
  • Polypectomy
  • Stenting
  • Variceal banding
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection
  • Endoscopic ablation

Advanced Diagnostic & Interventional Therapeutic Endoscopic Procedures

University of Utah Health's Gastroenterology Services also offers advanced diagnostic and interventional therapeutic endoscopic procedures. Our advanced therapeutic endoscopists are highly trained in this specialized field. 

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. This technique allows physicians to see organs and structures not typically visible during traditional endoscopy procedures, such as the layers of the gastrointestinal tract wall, the liver, pancreas, lymph nodes, and bile ducts.

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) - Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a 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.

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