We provide upper and lower endoscopy services in dedicated endoscopy suites at Concord Hospital – Franklin and Concord Hospital – Laconia.
Our state-of-the-art equipment helps us find and treat digestive system disorders. Endoscopy involves the use of an endoscope, which is a long, narrow flexible tube with a light, magnification and camera built-in. The camera sends images to the monitor for the doctor to examine you.
Common upper endoscopy procedures to detect and sometimes treat include hiatal hernias, gastritis, esophagitis, ulcers, strictures, varices, tumors and other upper GI conditions.
Common lower endoscopy procedures to detect and sometimes treat include internal and external hemorrhoids, proctitis, colitis, diverticulitis, polyps and tumors.
Probably the most common lower endoscopy procedure is a colonoscopy. Preventative colorectal screenings saves lives.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is an examination of the lining of the colon with a lighted, flexible tube about the thickness of your finger. The doctor will insert a tube that travels through your colon, checking for abnormalities. Often during a colonoscopy, the doctor may perform other minor procedures such as a polyp removal. In addition, if necessary, a small piece of tissue (a biopsy) can be taken for examination in the lab. Please note that biopsies are taken for many reasons and do not necessarily involve cancer.