GI Procedures

Our pediatric procedures are performed in the Pediatric GI Procedures suite in the N.C. Children's Hospital, which opened new facilities in early 2002. Our patients benefit from the care and expertise of anesthesiologists. Children undergo deep sedation or general anesthesia and are carefully monitored by the anesthesia service. They recover in the pediatric recovery area.

Common procedures performed in the Pediatric GI suite:

  • EGD (upper gastrointestinal endoscopy); biopsies
  • Colonoscopy (lower gastrointestinal endoscopy); biopsies
  • Polypectomy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Percutaneous liver biopsy
  • Foreign body removal from esophagus or stomach
  • Dilation of esophageal strictures
  • Sclerosis of esophageal varices
  • Banding of esophageal varices

We also have the advantage of collaboration with the adult GI center and access to services provided through the GI Procedure Suite in the UNC Memorial Hospital, which is next door on the UNC medical campus.

Common procedures performed in the GI suite:

  • Anal and esophageal manometry
  • pH probe testing
  • Hydrogen breath testing (lactose, sucrose)
  • Biofeedback with rectal manometry
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)

Surgical Procedures: