Digestive Health Center
The Memorial Hermann Katy Endoscopy Center and GI Laboratory offers advanced diagnostic testing and treatment for digestive diseases such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus, colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis).
At our Endoscopy Center, highly-trained physicians and nursing staff have access to the latest in endoscopic examination technology, including endoscopic video technology, narrow-band imaging and endoscopic ultrasound, as well as a computerized reporting system.
We offer endoscopic evaluation of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, colon and respiratory system. We also offer diagnostic testing of the lungs, trachea and airway with a video bronchoscope.
Procedures performed include:
- Upper endoscopy (EGD)
- Multiple-banding ligation
- ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Liver Biopsy
- Gastrostomy/PEG/PEJ Placement
- Endoscopic ultrasound with diagnostic and biopsy capabilities
- Esophageal reflux and pain studies
- Rectal manometry
- Pulmonary exams, including bronchoscopy with biopsy and transbronchial biopsy
Narrow-band imaging is an advanced lighting technology that offers remarkably clear views of the surface structure and fine capillary patterns of the mucous membranes, which are normally difficult to distinguish.
Using this state-of-the-art technology, physicians are better able to identify and isolate diseased and cancerous cells at their earliest, most treatable stage.
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is an outpatient procedure that provides a more accurate and more precise diagnosis and staging of tumors and cancers in the esophagus, lungs, chest and areas involving the gallbladder, the pancreas and the rectum.
The procedure uses a special device resembling a capsule attached to the tip of the endoscope, which allows the physician to better pinpoint abnormal tissues and perform fine-needle biopsies into enlarged lymph nodes or suspicious tumors.
Because of the proximity of the EUS device to the organ(s) of interest, the images obtained are frequently more accurate and more detailed than those obtained by traditional ultrasound.