(EUS) Endoscopic Ultrasound

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Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

Your health is our number one priority here at the Center of Digestive & Liver Health. Servicing the areas of Savannah, Hardeeville, and Pooler, our expert gastroenterologists are committed to giving you high-quality care and making sure that your liver and digestive health are at an optimal level. You’ll find a wide selection of safe and effective procedures here at our endoscopy center, one of these being an endoscopic ultrasound.

What Is an Endoscopic Ultrasound?

An endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive procedure that lets gastroenterologists assess digestive and lung diseases as well as identify what’s causing abdominal pain. This procedure can see more than just the image that’s provided by a standard endoscopy.

What Can an Endoscopic Ultrasound Discover?

An endoscopic ultrasound can help discover a myriad of problems that include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Cancers of the lung, stomach, esophagus, colon, and pancreas
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Lymphoma
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Neuroendocrine tumors

How Is an Endoscopic Ultrasound Performed?

An endoscopic ultrasound uses a thin, flexible tube that has an ultrasound probe at the tip (also known as an endoscope). The endoscope is passed through either the mouth or the anus. It’s used to observe the walls and the lining of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract and other surrounding organs that may include the liver, the gallbladder, or the pancreas.

How Do You Prepare for an Endoscopic Ultrasound?

There are a few things that your gastroenterologists may ask you to do before your endoscopic ultrasound. These are as follows:

  • You’ll typically be asked to fast for at least six hours before your endoscopic ultrasound.
  • If the endoscopic ultrasound is being passed through the anus, you may be asked to take a laxative and follow a liquid diet beforehand.
  • Certain medications, including blood thinners, may also need to be stopped before undergoing the procedure.

Stop by Your Savannah Endoscopy Center!

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with our gastroenterologists here at the Center of Digestive & Liver Health, we encourage you to give us a call at one of our three convenient locations. The phone number for our Savannah and Pooler office is (912) 303-4200 and the phone number for our Hardeeville office is (843) 591-1390. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form. We can’t wait to see you!