General Surgeon Richard York M.D. in Ludington MIAbout Our Endoscopy Services

Dr. Richard York has been successfully serving his patients in the Ludington area since 1989. He performs hundreds of endoscopies every year.

What is Endoscopy?

Endoscopy deals with examining the inside of the body using an endoscope, which is a device consisting of a flexible tube and an optical system. During an endoscopic procedure, an endoscope is introduced into the body through a natural opening. Endoscopic procedures can be used to diagnose and evaluate a condition and also as a form of treatment. The most common endoscopic procedures evaluate the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and portions of the intestine. This is all performed as an outpatient procedure, and in a light sleep state, so that there is no discomfort or awareness.”

Endoscopic Procedures Performed by Dr. York

EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy):
An EGD, or esophagogastroduodenoscopy, provides a view from the mouth to the beginning of the small bowel. This procedure is typically performed on patients who have difficulty swallowing or who may have ulcers, heartburn, upper GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding, or to find the cause of abdominal pain. It is also used to investigate tumors or abnormalities in the upper GI tract.

A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that provides a view of the tracheobronchial tree (bronchi), or large passage ways of the lungs. This procedure is typically performed to investigate abnormal chest x-rays or to biopsy or collect bronchial or lung secretions to help diagnose and evaluate upper respiratory issues.

A colonoscopy provides a view of the interior lining of the large intestine (colon) using a colonoscope, a flexible fiber-optic tube. The procedure provides a view of the large bowel. A biopsy may be performed to evaluate tissue . It may be used to evaluate hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding, polyps and in determining the extent of inflammatory bowel disease. A colonoscopy also helps diagnose colon cancer.

A laryngoscopy is used to examine the throat and larynx (voice box).

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