Endoscopy Treatment

A range of procedures are performed including endoscopy to identify cysts, tumors or other abnormalities that can go undetected by CT scans or MRIs. This includes colonoscopy or ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography).

Colonoscopies are a common procedure used to identify polyps and detect early signs of cancer. A flexible tube with a tiny video camera at the tip is inserted into the rectum and colon, which is the large intestine. The test takes about 30 minutes and is usually painless.

Sansum Clinic provides free colonoscopy screenings to those in our community who are unable to afford it, thanks to a generous gift by local philanthropist, Dr. Virgil Elings, through a partnership with the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics.

ERCP is a procedure that assists in the diagnosis and treatment of stones. This combines upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and x-rays to treat problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts. A flexible tube with a tiny camera is inserted through the mouth while the patient is sedated.

Endoscopy is also used for gastrointestinal procedures including:

  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy
  • Liver biopsy