GI Procedures Units
We perform more than 20,000 GI endoscopic procedures each year at our three state-of-the-art GI Procedures Units. Anesthesiology professionals and skilled endoscopy nurses are available to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Ongoing programs aim to further improve quality, maximize efficiency, and enhance patient experiences and comfort. More than 97% of patients would recommend us to a family member or friend, and we consistently exceed benchmarks on all quality measures.
- Nurse Managers: Lisa Lacks, RN, MSN, CURN / Rhonda Nelson, RN / Kathleen Van Gelder, RN, BSN, MSN.
- Each site is staffed by UNC gastroenterology faculty members, GI nurses, and anesthesiology professionals. Gastroenterology Fellows assist at UNC Medical Center.
Types of Procedures
We perform a full range of general and advanced endoscopic procedures, including:
Screening, surveillance, and diagnosis, as well as advanced therapeutic procedures for large polyps and colonic stenting.Upper Endoscopy
Diagnosis and screening, as well as advanced therapeutic procedures for achalasia (BoTox injection, pneumatic dilatation), Barrett’s esophagus (Barrx therapy and esophageal endoscopic mucosal resection), esophageal strictures (dilatation and stenting), duodenal polyps, and malignancy (enteral stenting).Capsule Endoscopy
To evaluate obscure bleeding and possible small bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease.Deep Enteroscopy (Antegrade Only)
To evaluate and treat small bowel bleeding and mass lesions.ERCP
For routine and emergent indications, including management of difficult bile duct stones and complex bile duct injuries.Endoscopic Ultrasound (Upper and Lower)
For gastrointestinal cancer staging, fine-needle aspiration biopsy of abdominal and mediastinal masses, evaluation of submucosal gastrointestinal mass lesions.Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopic Procedures
including treatment of complex pancreaticobiliary disorders (including pancreatic necrosis, pseudocysts and pancreatic strictures), management of post-operative complications, palliation of gastrointestinal malignancies, treatment of complex lumenal strictures, therapeutic endoscopic ultrasonography, celiac plexis neurolysis, endoscopic treatment of Zenker’s diverticula, POEM, G-POEM, endoscopic submucosal dissection, submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection (STER), full thickness endoscopic resection, and placement of direct jejunal access tube,and bariatric endoscopic procedures (including intragastric balloon placement, transoral outlet reduction procedure (TORe), endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty).Infrared Coagulation Treatment
Non-surgical treatment of hemorrhoids.PEG/Feeding Tube Placement
When a procedure is scheduled, appropriate instructions will be mailed out prior to the procedure.
Copies of these instructions are below:
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
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