Simply stated, endoscopy is a diagnostic technique that enables your surgeon or physician to view the inside of your body. An endoscope -- a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera attached -- is used in endoscopy, so the doctor is able to see internal organs and structures inside the intestines without making any large incisions. With forceps inserted in the endoscope, a biopsy, or tissue sample, can be taken and sent to the lab for testing to find out if cancer is present or if the tissue is damaged or infected.
Endoscopes can also be used to perform certain surgical procedures. For example, suturing can be performed to correct complications of gastric bypass and to make gastric bypass more effective.
In surgical endoscopy (or endoscopic surgery), the surgeon uses a scope inserted through a natural opening of the body or through a small incision to diagnose and treat diseased areas. Surgical endoscopy is also called minimally invasive surgery (MIS) because both diagnosis and treatment can be performed with no incisions.
Vadim Gritsus, M.D. is a board certified general surgeon who is a respected as a leader in surgical endoscopy. He is proficient in many advanced endoscopic procedures, including the Overstitch Endoluminal Suturing Platform and balloon dilation. Dr. Gritsus has been practicing in New Jersey since 2003. During this time, he has performed thousands of endoscopic procedures for his patients.
How Is Surgical Endoscopy Performed?
Surgical endoscopy is a group of minimally invasive procedures using an endoscope inserted through a very small incision or through a body cavity to treat internal organs. In addition to an attached video camera, the scope also has a channel through which tiny instruments can be inserted and used in the procedure, while the surgeon views the surgical site on a computer monitor.
Benefits of Surgical Endoscopy
This minimally invasive technique allows surgeons to perform procedures that would otherwise require open surgery. It has a number of advantages, including:
- Smaller and fewer incisions or no incisions at all
- Less pain and scarring
- Protects more body tissue
- Reduced loss of blood
- Low risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker, easier recovery
Vadim Gritsus, M.D. is a surgeon with advanced laparoscopic training, extensive experience in endoscopy, and many years of surgical experience. Our offices are located in Pequannock and Paramus, New Jersey. If you are considering or have been told you need an endoscopic procedure, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gritsus.