Endoscopic Surgery

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Minimally Invasive Surgery

An endoscopy is a surgery that allows a specialist to use a specialized instrument that can see inside the body while she operates on a procedure. The endoscope is a flexible tube with a camera attached, usually at the end. It is inserted through a small incision so the surgeon can view and operate on the internal organs.

Recommendation for endoscopy

An endoscopy may be ordered by your doctor if you show any of the following symptoms:

  • Blockage of the esophagus
  • Chronic constipation
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Tumors
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Urine with blood
  • Vaginal bleeding

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Types of endoscopy

There are several endoscopies that can be done depending on the area of the body.

Ureteroscopy is ordered by a physician when you might have kidney stones. A thin scope is inserted in your bladder and ureter to check for signs of kidney stones.

Hysteroscopy is a procedure that inserts a small device inside of your uterus to remove fibroids or polyps or check for any malformation of the uterus. It is sometimes done at the same time as a laparoscopic surgery.

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that treats issues inside any joint, especially the elbow, wrist, shoulder, hip, ankle or knee. For example, it is commonly used for meniscal injuries to the knee. 

Bronchoscopy is a procedure to examine your airways to your lungs. It allows your physician to use an instrument called a bronchoscope (fiber-optic material with light source and a camera) that goes through your nose or mouth and down your throat to arrive at the lungs.

A colonoscopy looks for any abnormalities or diseases in your lower intestine or colon. Your doctor may take tissue samples for a biopsy and remove abnormal tissue like polyps.

Laparoscopy is a useful diagnostic procedure that doctors use to probe inside of your abdomen area and check for any abnormalities, tumors, liver disease or fluid in the abdominal cavity. The thin and long instrument is inserted through an incision in the abdominal wall is a great tool for physicians to examine important organs such as gallbladder, liver, pancreas, pelvic, small intestine and spleen.

Do you have persistent coughs? Or even bloody coughs? Throat pain? Difficulty swallowing? Getting a laryngoscopy will allow an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist to have a close-up view of your larynx and throat for any serious conditions. She will insert a laryngoscope in your mouth to see if your vocal cords have been affected.

Cystoscopy is a test for bladder issues such as painful urination. A cystoscope with a camera and light on the end is inserted through your urethra so your physician can see the inside of your bladder. A cystoscopy can help diagnose blockages, stones and enlarged prostate gland, among other conditions. Make sure to see your doctor if you have blood in your urine, experiencing pelvic pain or urinary tract infections.

Enteroscopy evaluates your digestive system looking for blocked bowel passages, a high white blood cell count, severe diarrhea, abnormal gastrointestinal bleeding, or any tumors in the small intestines. The physician inserts a thin tube either through the mouth (upper enteroscopy) or the rectum (lower enteroscopy) to check for any disease in the stomach and small intestine.

Mediastinoscopy has nothing to do with the media but rather the area between the lungs. A doctor will choose mediastinoscope, a small instrument that is inserted through a tiny incision in your throat to verify if a cancer in your lungs has expanded to your lymph nodes, to determine an infection, or to look for a lymphatic cancer like Hodgkin’s disease.

If you notice changes in your bowel habits, including rectal bleeding, or experience any abdominal pain, you should have a doctor check you for a sigmoidoscopy. This procedure specifically explores your sigmoid colon (rectum and the lower part of your large intestine) for any abnormal cells or cancers, polyps, or ulcers.

Why Choose Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons?

Cal Med Physicians and Surgeons is a premier surgical provider group whose mission is to offer the highest quality health care to residents of the Inland Empire.

Formerly known as Arrowhead Community Surgical Medical Group, Inc., Cal Med is a unique group with approximately 35 licenses and board certified surgeons including neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, oral, vascular and general surgeons.

Our surgeons serve as the main surgical providers (except for orthopedics) at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, including in the level 2 trauma center and regional burn center, and provide surgical services at Community Hospital of San Bernardino and Redlands Community Hospital. Our neurosurgeons provide services not only at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, but also at Riverside University Health System Medical Center and Desert Regional Medical Center.

Our president, Dev Gnanadev, M.D., is an associate medical director and chairman of the surgery department at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

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