What is interventional endoscopy?

Interventional endoscopy is a section of gastroenterology focused on providing patients with safe and effective alternatives to more invasive diagnostic testing or surgery. The use of advanced technology allows our physicians* to remove early cancers and treat more complicated diseases in a minimally invasive fashion.

Northwestern Medicine has one of the largest programs in the Chicagoland area and performs nearly 3,500 interventional procedures per year. Together, our physicians make up one of the most productive and comprehensive interventional endoscopy program in Chicago. In addition, our program excels in training the future leaders in endoscopy through an advanced interventional endoscopy fellowship training program.

The ultimate goal of our highly skilled team of physicians is to provide timely and excellent patient care. The interventional endoscopists function as part of a larger multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, oncologists, hepatologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, dietitians and behavioral therapists. This approach to disease allows our patients to have comprehensive care tailored to their needs by physicians with expertise in the field.

Research

  • Investigation of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms in patients with Barrett esophagus undergoing radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
  • Long-term outcomes of patients undergoing endoscopic therapies for Barrett’s esophagus
  • Impact of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with cholangioscopic tissue acquisition in benign and malignant biliary strictures
  • Biopsy techniques for gastric submucosal masses (e.g., gastrointestinal stromal tumor-GIST)
  • Optimization of difficult biliary cannulation techniques
  • Use of balloon enteroscopy for previous incomplete (difficult) colonoscopies
  • Randomized controlled trial for endoscopic ultrasound guided biopsies for gastrointestinal cancers

Treatments

  • Balloon Enteroscopy and Spiral Enteroscopy for Small Bowel Disorders
  • Biliary and Pancreatic Duct Endoscopy
  • Cholangioscopy and Pancreatoscopy (SpyGlass)
  • Endoscopic Management of Complications after Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
  • Endoscopic Therapies for Barrett Esophagus (Radiofrequency Ablation, Endoscopic Resection)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopy Services
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In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.

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