Therapeutic Endoscopy Treatment Options Available at Mercy
Therapeutic endoscopy is central to the services offered at The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy. Nationally recognized as one of the top rated therapeutic endoscopy specialists, Dr. Sergey Kantsevoy leads Mercy’s endoscopy program.
The Institute offers a dedicated endoscopy suite for patients undergoing therapeutic endoscopy treatments to detect malignant (cancerous) and pre-malignant (pre-cancerous) lesions of the colon, esophagus, stomach, liver and bile ducts, pancreas, and intestines.
What types of Therapeutic Endoscopy treatments are available?
Mercy offers the following therapeutic endoscopy treatment options:
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
- Interventional endoscopic placement of stents and other treatments
- Endoscopic drainage
Additional therapeutic endoscopy treatments include the placement of ambulatory 48-hour wireless pH monitors for assessment of patients with GERD symptoms. Cancerous lesions can be removed using therapeutic endoscopy procedures known as ablation and debulking to bypass obstruction and alleviate symptoms.
Offering Therapeutic Endoscopy Treatments Not Available at Many Major Teaching Institutions
Many of the therapeutic endoscopy procedures performed at the Institute are not available at many major teaching institutions, including:
- Removal of complicated, large and/or flat polyps, allowing treatment through the colonoscope rather than surgical treatment
- Endoscopic mucosal resection for Barrett’s esophagus and early gastric cancers
- Placement of palliative biliary stents in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer or biliary cancer to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life
- Endoscopic drainage of pancreatic fluid collections related to chronic pancreatitis
- Endoscopic ultrasound for primary staging and lymph node aspiration in pulmonary cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, and colon cancer