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Gastroenterology Procedures

Rochester Regional Health offers many state-of-the-art endoscopy procedures to help diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract, esophagus, colon, and lungs. A small instrument called an endoscope is used to see the inside of the digestive tract.

Common health conditions diagnosed from endoscopic procedures include:

  • Acid reflux disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Common Procedures

Our expert physicians work together to provide advanced treatment options for conditions affecting the digestive system, including the stomach, intestines, colon, pancreas, liver, and esophagus. Some of our most common procedures are explained in detail below.

Upper Endoscopy

An upper endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that explores the inner structures of the uppermost digestive system to pinpoint the cause of unexplained symptoms like:

  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulties swallowing
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

The test may also be useful for accessing the damage in your esophagus caused by acid reflux and gastroesophageal disease (GERD).


A colonoscopy is both a diagnostic and preventive procedure that can identify changes in your large intestine, colon, and your rectum. These changes can indicate the presence of disease that affects your gastrointestinal health, including colon cancer.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

In an ERCP procedure a dye is injected into your bile and pancreatic ducts using a flexible, video endoscope. Then, X-rays are taken to outline the bile ducts and pancreas. An open channel in the scope allows other instruments to be passed through it to perform biopsies, inject solutions, make incisions, or place stents. ERCP helps in diagnosing and treating conditions of the bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreas.

ERCP may be used for:

  • Gallstones, which are trapped in the main bile duct
  • Blockage of the bile duct
  • To evaluate yellow jaundice, which turns the urine dark and your skin yellow
  • Cancer of the bile ducts or pancreas
  • Pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas
  • Infections of the bile ducts
  • Leaks of the bile duct or pancreatic duct
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