Endoscopy & Gastroenterology
Endoscopy Unit at Saint Mary's Health Care
Hours: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Endoscopy Nurse Manager: 616-685-6156
Endoscopy is a means of looking inside the body using a long, flexible tube equipped with a camera. The tube is inserted into the body and the camera transmits images to a monitor for evaluation. The tip of the endoscopy tube can also be outfitted with medical tools to take cells or tissue samples, stop bleeding and perform other medical procedures.
An endoscopy can help diagnose a health problem as well as possibly avoid the need for surgery.
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
Why Endoscopy at Saint Mary's?
Saint Mary's Endoscopy Unit specializes in the examination of the digestive tract and the lung. Our team of experienced health care professionals provides highly individualized care utilizing modern, high-tech equipment. Our team members constantly update their capabilities with continuing education in specialty skills and certification. For example, we have the only physician in West Michigan trained to perform endoscopic ultrasounds (EUS). EUS combines visual and sound wave technologies to enhance diagnosis and treatment options. We are also one of the few area resources for thermal ablation, which provides a non-surgical alternative for treating dysfunctional uterine bleeding. In addition, our nurses undergo advanced training in sedation.
These and other qualifications have convinced your physician that Saint Mary's is the best place for your endoscopy procedure.
We perform evaluations at the request of gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, surgeons, internists, gynecologists and family practice physicians. We evaluate the following:
- Swallowing problems
- Gallbladder studies
- Rectal bleeding
- Polyp removal
- Colon cancer screening
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Feeding tube placement
- Blood in sputum
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent pneumonia or bronchitis
- Vocal cord dysfunction
- Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
List of Services
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Esophageal Dilation
- Feeding Tube Placement
- Endoscopic Ultrasound
- Specialized Swallowing Studies
- PH Monitoring
- Esophageal stent placement
- Biliary stent placement
- Endometrial Ablation
Referral and General Information
Referrals are generated through the offices of the gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, surgeons, internists and family practice physicians who have been granted privileges to practice in the Endoscopy Unit.
Physician and RN lecturers are available to speak on a wide variety of gastroenterology-related subjects.