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3000 HOSPITAL BLVD.
ROSWELL, GA 30076
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Endoscopy Services 

 

North Fulton Hospital provides numerous services that cater to the health of the digestive system.  Our experienced physicians and staff work together to ensure that every patient receives individualized care, customized to their specific needs. 

The Endoscopy Center at North Fulton Hospital provides services for both inpatients and outpatients in our out patient ambulatory Endoscopy Center and our hospital Endoscopy Unit.  We have state–of-the-art, High Definition endoscopic equipment to aid in your diagnosis and treatment. Our patients have convenient access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment options to meet their digestive health needs.

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What is Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is the direct visualization of the gastrointestinal and /or pulmonary tracts.   Endoscopic exams are performed using a long, thin, flexible tube inserted into the patient and guided through the GI tract by well-trained physicians.  A tiny camera on the end of the tube transmits an image of the inside of the intestinal tract to a large TV monitor. In addition to serving as a diagnostic tool, endoscopy also provides for control of bleeding, relief of obstruction, and diagnosing and treating diseases of the GI and pulmonary tracts. 

 

Endoscopic procedures

For more information about the procedures below, click here.

  • Colonoscopy - examination of the colon
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy - examination of rectum and adjacent colon
  • Esophago Gastro Duodenoscopy (EGD) - examination of esophagus, stomach and small intestine to upper intestine
  • Barrx – esophageal ablation treatment for Barrett’s esophagus
  • ERCP – Endoscopic evaluation of bile ducts and pancreas
  • PH testing – Evaluating acid levels in the esophagus and stomach

Read more about the various health topics in Endoscopy::

Colorectal Health

Upper GI Issues (heartburn and others)

 

What can I expect?

  • Your physician will schedule your procedure – if you have any questions about your appointment, please check with your physician.  You may receive a call from our admissions department to confirm your insurance information to ensure and verify your coverage.
  • For your safety, you must have a responsible adult escort you from the Out patient Endoscopy Center or the Hospital Endoscopy Unit and accompany you home after receiving anesthesia.  The nurse and your escort will discuss an appropriate time frame for your discharge before the procedure begins.
  • Both colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy require the bowel be cleansed prior to the procedure. You will receive specific instructions regarding this preparation. It is important that you carefully adhere to these instructions in order for your procedure to be performed successfully.
  • When you check-in the day of your procedure, please bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and any insurance authorizations. You will be asked to verify that all your personal information is correct. You and your escort will then be seated in the waiting area. 
  • Be sure to bring all medical history and medication information with you to help ensure that you are able to provide the most accurate information concerning your health.
  • Your escort may wait in the waiting room when you are taken to the procedure area. We will provide for your safety, security, and comfort by placing you in a private bay where you will get undressed and keep your belongings.
  • A member of the clinical staff will take your history and medical information and blood pressure and help you prepare for the procedure. An intravenous catheter will be placed for administering the anesthetic.
  • An anesthesia professional will review your history and discuss the anesthesia experience, to ensure for your comfort and safety. 
  • Your physician will review your history, plan your care, and answer any questions you may have.
  • You will be escorted to the procedure room. There is a technician, a Registered Nurse and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in the procedure room to assist the physician.
  • When your procedure is complete, you will be wheeled back to your recovery bay where you will be monitored by our nursing staff in order to ensure a comfortable, safe recovery.
  • Once you have awakened, your physician will review the findings and discuss your plan of care. You will receive a copy of your report for your personal files.
  • You will leave the endoscopy suite with your accompanying adult escort.
  • Within the next few days a member of our staff will call you to see how you are feeling.

 

Endoscopy Services Staff

  • RNs : Our Registered Nurse staff ensures that you receive safe, high quality care while on the Endoscopy Unit. These professionals uphold the standards of the Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates, and all our RN’s are credentialed in Advanced Life Support and moderate sedation.  Our dedicated staff provides skilled care with confidence, reflecting a lifelong commitment to quality.
  • GI Associates and Nursing Assistants: These skilled individuals assist your physician and nurses as well as maintain our state-of-the-art equipment and your care environment. They all receive specialized training in order to develop expertise in this setting and regular training to keep their skills sharp. All are credentialed in Basic Life Support.
  • Anesthesia: Anesthesia is administered by anesthesiologists (physicians board certified in Anesthesia Medicine) and by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. All must meet rigorous standards in order to maintain their certifications. Your safety and comfort is their top priority.

 

Quality and a Commitment to Excellence

North Fulton Hospital continually monitors the quality of our care in Endoscpy Services. We look for opportunities to enhance patient care and improve patient safety.  Your feedback is important, and we encourage our patients to participate in our satisfaction surveys.

We strive to provide excellent care in a safe environment, and we encourage you to speak up regarding your care.  Please report any concerns you may have to any member of our management team. Unresolved issues may be reported to the Joint Commission Office of Quality Management at 800-994-6610 or www.jointcommission.org/GeneralPublic/

 

Contact Us

Inpatient and outpatient procedures are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Outpatients should arrive one hour prior to their scheduled procedure time.  This allows the patient to register and complete the admission process.  Emergent services are available after hours by calling the House Supervisor.

  • Scheduling: 770-751-2724
  • Endoscopy Department: 770-751-2618
  • Fax: 770-751-2718
  • After hours emergency: 770-751-2504

 

Additional Information and Links

Download patient forms (coming soon)

Endo specific

PACU/OPSU

Nursing in general

 

For a free, confidential physician referral, call 770-751-2600 or visit the "Find a Physician" tab on this website.

 
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