Living with a digestive or liver condition can be challenging, but every patient deserves the best possible care for achieving ideal health and lifestyle. The Interventional Gastroenterology program at Cedars-Sinai combines expertise, patient-centered care and innovative techniques to effectively diagnose and treat a wide variety of digestive and liver issues.
How Endoscopy Works
An endoscope is a flexible tube with a light and an optical system that displays images to a monitor for a doctor to view. Endoscopy refers to the process of using an endoscope to look inside an organ—such as the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, biliary tract or pancreas—to diagnose and treat a wide variety of related conditions.
The first step toward treating digestive and liver conditions is a safe, efficient and accurate diagnosis. The Interventional Gastroenterology team at Cedars-Sinai offers the latest technology in advanced diagnostic endoscopy tools, such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), confocal laser endomicroscopy, small bowel balloon enteroscopy, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
The Interventional Gastroenterology team at Cedars-Sinai offers a full range of advanced interventional or therapeutic endoscopy to successfully and effectively treat pancreatic, biliary or other gastrointestinal tract conditions. Pairing multidisciplinary efforts from surgeons and radiologists with innovative techniques, the Cedars-Sinai Interventional Gastroenterology team is well equipped to handle even the most complex cases, with optimal results.
Some interventional gastroenterology services offered by the expert team include:
Leverages recent advances, such as endoscopic suturing, closure devices and stents
Use of a long endoscope to manipulate the small bowel for biopsy and treatment
Safe removal of lesions using mucosectomy and submucosal dissection (ESD)
Methods such as per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) and Zenker’s myotomy to alleviate difficulty with swallowing and digestion
Temporary or permanent solution to keep the pancreatic, biliary and gastrointestinal tracts clear of obstruction
Highly skilled procedure used to relieve pain and improve how pancreatic ducts drain
Used to remove or open obstructions or repair complications from previous surgeries
Performed in conjunction with ERCP to relieve pancreatic duct blockage due to stones
This patient guide provides detailed patient-information forms for each interventional gastroenterology procedure at Cedars-Sinai. You'll also find answers to frequently asked questions to help you better prepare for your visit.