Welcome to the USF Health Endoscopy and Surgery Center, specializing in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gastro intestinal disorders and diseases. Our providers are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes before, during and after your procedure. Our multi-disciplinary team is committed to providing a safe and relaxed environment that meets all your endoscopy needs.
Endoscopic procedures are performed with an endoscope or tiny camera. These procedures are minimally invasive and virtually pain free.
Upper Endoscopy – is a procedure that examines conditions affecting the digestive system, including the esophagus, and the duodenum (small intestine).
The procedure is also used to investigate symptoms of digestive problems, such as nausea, difficulty swallowing, gastrointestinal bleeding and vomiting. If your doctor has collected samples, or biopsies, they can used to test for a variety of conditions, including bleeding, diarrhea, and cancers of the digestive system.
Our doctors might also use the endoscope to treat problems within the digestive system by passing special tools through the endoscope. This minimally invasive procedure can be used to treat issues with the digestive system, remove a polyp or foreign object, widen the esophagus, or prevent bleeding.
Lower Endoscopy – is more commonly known as a colonoscopy, a screening test for colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends a routine colonoscopy starting at age 45, and then every 10 years following. It is recommended to begin screening earlier or getting screened more often if you experience the following symptoms or criteria:
A colonoscopy lasts approximately 30 to 60 minutes. The procedure is performed with a scope, a tiny camera with a light at the tip that is flexible and able to reach regions of the colon. If a biopsy is performed and tissues and/or polyps are removed, they will be sent to a lab for examination.