Endoscopy Center

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Fall Hill Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center offers diagnostic and screening colonoscopy and upper endoscopy in a comfortable outpatient setting.

Using a flexible video instrument, an endoscope, the doctor has direct examination of your digestive tract, including your esophagus, stomach, small bowel, and colon. During your procedure the doctor can take tissue samples (biopsies), remove polyps (growths), treat bleeding and stretch (dilate) narrowed areas called strictures. Since opening in 2009, the Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC), an independent, not for profit organization. When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that our facility and procedures have been closely examined. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible. FHGEC has partnered with Fredericksburg Anesthesia Services to provide anesthesia during your endoscopic procedure. An anesthesiologist is a highly skilled physician who has specialized in the field of anesthesiology. The anesthesiologist will review your health history, medications and allergies obtained from you last office visit in order to tailor an anesthetic plan that is right for you. You must make arrangements for transportation home after your procedure. For 12 hours after anesthesia, you should not drive, make important business decisions or drink alcoholic beverages.

Types of Procedures:

is a capsule test used to identify the presence of acid reflux over a period of several days. The capsule is placed in your esophagus by the doctor during an upper endoscopy.
is an examination of the lower gastrointestinal tract, which is also called the colon, or large intestine. The colonoscope is inserted into the anus and advanced to the cecum, which is the beginning of the large intestine. The last portion of your small intestines may also be examined. The procedure generally takes 20-45 minutes.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most common cancer in the United States. CRC may be treatable if detected early and PREVENTABLE if adenomas, a precancerous type of polyp, are removed during a colonoscopy. The true cause of colon cancer is unknown but genetics, diet, smoking and obesity increase your risk.
is an upper endoscopy used in conjunction with x rays to treat problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts
is a limited examination of the anus, rectum and sigmoid colon using a flexible video endoscope.
“the card” tests for the presence of microscopic or invisible blood in your stool. Fecal occult blood can be a sign of a problem in your digestive system. If microscopic blood is detected, your doctor will need to determine the source of bleeding.

is an outpatient office procedure to non-surgically treat internal hemorrhoids that are causing symptoms, such as itching and bleeding.

is a therapeutic upper endoscopy that uses a catheter in the esophagus with a special balloon to create a superficial burn that destroys abnormal Barrett’s tissue in the esophagus
is an upper endoscopy using a special endoscope to examine the small intestine (bowel) past the second portion of the duodenum.
is the visual examination of the small intestines, which include the duodenum, jejunum and ileum using a pill sized video camera. The camera has its own light source and takes pictures of your small intestine as it passes through. These pictures are sent to a recording device you wear around your waist for around eight hours. At the completion of the study, you will return the recording device to our office. The disposable video capsule will pass naturally with your bowel movement. The doctor will download and view the pictures at a later time.
is also called an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, is an examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The endoscope is inserted into the mouth and advanced to the second part of the duodenum. This allows the doctor to examine your esophagus, stomach and duodenum.