Gastroenterologists in this program offer less invasive alternatives to surgery for people with Barrett’s esophagus, gastrointestinal (GI) cancers and other conditions.
They use interventional endoscopic techniques. That means your doctor inserts a thin tube through your mouth or anus. A camera attached to the tube transmits images to a screen nearby. With the help of these images, your doctor can diagnose your condition or perform a procedure using tools that are also attached to the tube.
In some cases, this type of procedure can lead to less pain and faster recovery, compared to surgical options. That’s one reason doctors in this program are also researchers studying new ways to use endoscopy to help people with GI conditions.