San Diego Endoscopy
At Sharp, we want to make you as comfortable as possible for your endoscopy or colonoscopy.
Conditions diagnosed with endoscopy
With endoscopy procedures, we can diagnose a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, including:
- Barrett's esophagus
- Bladder disorders
- Celiac disease
- Colorectal cancer
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia/achalasia)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Pancreatic pseudocysts
- Stomach cancer
- Strictures (narrowing or blockage of gastrointestinal tract structures)
- Tumors of the gastrointestinal tract (throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, colon and rectum)
- Zenker’s diverticulum (outouching of the muscle that divides the throat from the esophagus)
Our upper and lower endoscopy procedures are carried out by expert gastroenterologists, who are board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Our highly trained support team and registered nurses are also at your side every step of the way.
- Ablation therapy — including the Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) Program for minimally invasive treatment of Barrett’s esophagus
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Endoscopic surgery
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Endoscopy and advanced endoscopy procedures
- Panendoscopy (upper endoscopy)
- Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) — treats achalasia, a tightening of the esophagus, to restore ability to swallow
- Pseudocyst drainage
- Removal of cancerous growths and lesions in the gastrointestinal tract
- Endoscopic fistula closure
- Endoscopic full thickness resection (EFTR)
- Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
- Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)
- Transoral incisionless fundioplication (TIF) — treats GERD without surgery
- Transmural gallbladder drainage (GBD)
- Tumor treatment and removal
- Zenker’s diverticulectomy/Zenker’s release — eliminates the obstruction between the throat and esophagus
Frequently asked questions
What Sharp locations offer endoscopy procedures?
At Sharp HealthCare, we provide a full range of upper and lower endoscopy procedures. And our services are offered at locations across San Diego, making it easy for you to get the care you need, when you need it.
We offer expert diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopic services at our four acute-care hospitals across San Diego — Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Coronado Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
How can I find a gastroenterologist?
There are two simple ways to find the right doctor for you:
- Search online for a gastroenterologist with our quick, easy-to-use Find a Doctor tool.
- Call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, to speak with one of our specially trained physician referral nurses. They know our doctors and can help you find the perfect fit.
How do I schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist?
In some cases, you will need a referral from your primary care doctor.
Some medical groups offer direct access to certain types of specialists. And some health plans, such as PPOs, offer direct access to all specialists. Contact your health plan's member services department to confirm your coverage.
If you are an existing patient with a Sharp-affiliated gastroenterologist (meaning you have seen your doctor at least once), simply call the doctor’s office to make an appointment.
What insurance plans are accepted at Sharp's locations?
Sharp accepts almost all health insurance plans, including Medicare, Medi-Cal and most managed care and private insurance plans.
Be sure to check with your insurance company to verify specific coverage. Insurance companies frequently add new plans, and update provider networks and covered services under existing plans.
How is an endoscopy performed?
Using a flexible tube with a miniature lighted camera, endoscopy gives your care team an up-close look at your digestive tract — the esophagus, stomach, parts of the small intestine, large intestine, colon and rectum.
What should I expect after an endoscopy procedure?
After your procedure, you will be brought to a holding area to rest where we will continue to monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen status.
You may have the urge to belch or pass gas because air used to inflate your stomach and/or colon may remain trapped in areas where the scope could not remove it. This is normal, and you are encouraged to pass the air. If you had an upper endoscopy, your throat may be sore.
You will be in the holding area for at least an hour, depending on your vital signs and level of wakefulness. While you should not feel light-headed or dizzy, you may feel "foggy" because of the medication’s effects.
If permitted by your doctor, you may be given some nourishment prior to leaving. When you’re ready to eat, make your first meal a light one.
You will not be allowed to drive home because of the effects of the medication. You should be able to walk out with your escort, and we have wheelchairs available if you need one.
If you've indicated a designated person to receive information about the results of your procedure, your care team may speak to that person and briefly discuss home care instructions.
If you experience any problems related to your procedure once you are home, please call your doctor immediately. These symptoms may include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting or any unusual pain or problems.
What is a panendoscopy, or upper endoscopy?
Upper endoscopy, also known as panendoscopy, is a visual examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach and upper section of the small intestine using a flexible tube with a miniature lighted camera, known as a fiber-optic endoscope.
During the procedure, the endoscope will be inserted through your mouth, and a small plastic mouthpiece will be placed between your teeth. Dentures, tongue rings, partials and other items will need to be removed from your mouth.
For the duration of your procedure, you will lie on your left side. The lining of the stomach, esophagus and upper small intestine will be examined. If necessary, biopsies may be obtained through the endoscope.
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