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Endoscopy Center

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The Endoscopy Center at St. Anthony’s Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic procedures and treatments for inpatients and outpatients with Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. Designed with quality, safety, privacy, efficiency and patient convenience in mind, the Endocscopy Center is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology including high definition monitors as well as an electronic medical record system, which provides your physician with information regarding previous exams and treatment modalities immediately. In addition, this full-service center operates with a highly trained support staff of nurses to ensure the highest standards of patient care.

Endoscopy Center staff

Our team of experts is comprised of highly experienced, board certified endoscopists, anesthesiologists and registered nurses specially trained in gastroenterology. More than half of the nursing staff is certified through the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates and the Certifying Board of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. CPR and ACLS certification is required by all staff as well as months of training in the specialty of gastrointestinal care. The Endoscopy Center staff is strongly dedicated to delivering the highest quality of health care to patients.

Location and hours

St. Anthony’s Endoscopy Center is located on the ground floor adjacent to the Cancer Care Center entrance (see interactive map). For the convenience of our patients and families registration is provided in the Endoscopy Center as well as a comfortable waiting area equipped with restrooms and a television. Free parking is located outside the entrance.

The Endoscopy Center is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. A team of nurses are on call at all times for after-hour emergencies. For more information please call 314-525-1851.

Gastroenterology (GI) services

  • Endoscopy - gastroscopy, colonoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Endoscopy is the use of a small, flexible lighted tube called an endoscope, which produces video images of the upper and lower intestinal tracts and the upper bile-producing system. Depending on the location of your symptoms, your physician chooses the endoscopic procedure necessary to diagnose and treat diseases and problems of the intestinal tract.
  • 24-hour pH Monitoring - a procedure to measure the level of acidity in the esophagus.
  • Esophageal Manometry - a procedure in which a thin tube is inserted into the esophagus to record muscle pressures and evaluate motor disorders.
  • Ano-rectal Manometry - a procedure in which a thin tube is inserted into the anus and rectum to record pressures and measure sensations from the anal and rectal sphincters.
  • Impedence - provides evaluation of bolus transit to determine the functional importance of motility abnormalities.
  • Video Capsule Endoscopy - a procedure that diagnoses small bowel disorders. The patient swallows a capsule that houses a tiny camera that transmits video images to a recorder for the physician to view.
  • Stent Placement - a procedure in which a thin, hollow tube is placed endoscopically to provide a patent opening. This forms a bridge between two normal anatomical sites that bypass diseased or obstructed passages, including biliary, esophageal, pancreatic and colonic.
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Placement - a non-surgical technique for placement of a feeding tube using an endoscope.
  • Small Bowel Enteroscopy - a visual inspection of the small bowel using an endoscope.
  • Spy Glass - a device to provide an intraluminal view for directing therapeutic devices in obtaining tissue samples within the bilary duct system.

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For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well­ being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.