Surgical Endoscopy is the use of lighted scopes and instruments to diagnose and treat surgical diseases. It includes upper and lower endoscopy, as well as minimal invasive surgery (laparoscopy) and robotics. At Albany Surgical, our team of surgical experts is capable of performing diagnostic/therapeutic endoscopy as well as advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery
Upper Endoscopy is utilized for evaluation of many conditions, including Gastroesophageal Reflux, Peptic ulcer Disease and Cancer among many other gastrointestinal disorders. It involves flexible endoscopic examination with a lighted scope, under sedation, to assess the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Biopsies may be taken to assess for reflux, gastritis, bacterial infection (Helicobacter Pylori), polyps, Barrett’s esophagus and tumors (benign and malignant). Utilizing radiofrequency ablation, Barrett’s Esophagus may be treated. Ph monitoring to assess for acid reflux may be performed utilizing the Bravo device which is an implantable disposable capsule, capable of recording acid reflux episodes then calculating a score to determine the severity of reflux.
Lower endoscopy, also known as colonoscopy, is frequently utilized for screening to detect polyps and colon cancer among other colon disorders. Polyps may be detected and biopsied, or removed at the time of the procedure. Colon masses may be biopsied for diagnosis and the severity of diverticulosis may be assessed among many other colorectal conditions.
Laparoscopy, or minimal invasive surgery, is the utilization of a lighted scope and special instruments inserted through small incisions to treat various surgical illnesses, including: choleycystectomy, hiatal hernia repair and fundoplication, implantation of LINX antireflux device, ventral or inguinal hernia repair, removal of small or large bowel tumors, placement of peritoneal dialysis catheters, and many other surgical diseases. Advantages include: smaller incisions, less pain and quicker recovery.
Robotics (davincisurgery.com) are used in conjunction with laparoscopy to allow the surgeon to perform advanced surgical procedures with the advantage of enhanced vision, precision and control. By use of tiny, jointed instruments that bend and rotate more than the human hand, complex surgical procedures are easily accomplished. Common procedures for general surgery include: hernia repair, cholecystectomy, and colon rectal surgery, among other procedures.