Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Benefits of Endoscopy

All of us here at VACC are continually impressed by the endoscope. We have had several patients recently who were not good surgical candidates, either due to age or other medical issues, and the endoscope has been (literally) a lifesaver. 
During an endoscopy a camera is passed down the esophagus, and grasping tools can be used to remove foreign objects or to obtain biopsies. This technology will often eliminate the need for a surgical incision, drastically decreasing recovery time. 
In the video below, Dr. Burns uses the endoscope to remove a rock from a patient's stomach. This particular patient had a low platelet count, making surgery a dangerous option. Thanks to Dr. Burns and the endoscope, our patient is resting comfortably and rock-free!