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Experts in Endoscopic Diagnosis and Treatment​​​​​​

When doctors need to see inside the body to get a better look at a condition without using surgery, they use endoscopy. The word comes from the Greek words that mean to look inside. Several gastroenterologists at the AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa have training in advanced endoscopy. Besides providing a better look, endoscopy can be used to collect cell samples for biopsy and even to treat some conditions. AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa surgeons are among the few in the region who use endoscopy approaches for minimally invasive, scarless surgery.

What Is Endoscopy?

Endoscopy involves using an endoscope: a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end. An endoscope displays pictures on a color monitor of the area being examined. To make an endoscopic procedure more comfortable, a patient is often lightly sedated or given general anesthesia. Because endoscopy for digestive conditions uses one of the body’s natural openings, no surgical incisions are involved.

Types of Endoscopic Procedures

Depending on the part of the digestive system affected, one of several types of endoscopic procedures might be done. An upper endoscopy looks at the esophagus (food tube), stomach and first part of the small intestine. A colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy (lower endoscopy) looks at the colon (large intestine). Capsule endoscopy and deep enteroscopy look at the small intestine. There are even ways to use endoscopy to view the gallbladder and pancreas.

At the Digestive Health Institute, endoscopy is provided by our gastroenterologists and surgeons. The doctor performing your endoscopy will depend on your condition and what type of endoscopy you need.

Preparing for an Endoscopy

How to prepare for endoscopy and the small potential for risks involved are based on the specific endoscopic procedure and the portion of the body involved. The DHI medical team will work closely with you so that you fully understand your endoscopic procedure. We want you to be comfortable with and well prepared for your procedure that it is safe and effective.

If you would like to schedule an endoscopic procedure at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa, call us at Call813-615-7557.


Endoscopy Services

Conditions, Tests and Treatments

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  • Upper Endoscopy / Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

    An upper endoscopy helps doctors look at the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine and can help diagnose a range of conditions.

  • Capsule Endoscopy and Deep Enteroscopy

    A capsule endoscopy allows doctors to see into the small intestine, which can be important in diagnosis gastrointestinal bleeding, polyps and cancer.

  • Colonoscopy / Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

     A colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy is a way for doctors to see inside the colon and rectum to identify issues and perform biopsies.

  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

    Doctors at AdventHealth Tampa’s Digestive Institute Use ERCP for Pancreas, Gallbladder and Bile Duct Imaging and Advanced Endoscopic Treatment.

  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

    Endoscopic Ultrasound. Comprehensive health services in Tampa are offered at our Digestive Institute. We are invested in your long-term health goals.

  • High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA)

    Colorectal Surgeons at Tampa’s Digestive Institute Are HRA Providers (High Resolution Anoscopy) for Anal Cancer Screening.

  • Acid Reflux Measuring Tests

    Doctors at the Digestive Institute’s Mickle Center for Reflux and Esophageal Conditions use outpatient tests to measure Acid Reflux. 

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Faster Recoveries. Better Outcomes.

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

All the surgeons at the Digestive Health Institute (DHI) at AdventHealth Tampa have a large depth of experience in offering minimally invasive surgery. 

Meet The Experts

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Angelo Fernandes

MD

Gastroenterologist

Michael Harris

MD

Gastroenterologist

Sagar Patil

MD

Gastroenterologist

Yasser Saloum

MD, FACG, FACP

Gastroenterologist

Arthi Sanjeevi

MD, Epi, MS

Gastroenterologist

Marian Hanhan

PA-C, MPAS

Physician Assistant

Christina Hill

MPH, PA-C, MMS

Physician Assistant

Justin R. Lawandales

MPH, MSN, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Cory O'Brien checking patient's throat at AdventHealth Digestive Health Institute Tampa.

Surgical Consultations For Digestive Cancer Without The Wait

Appointments Within 5 Days for Patients with Cancer

At AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa, we know that after being diagnosed with cancer, patients want and often need to begin treatment quickly. So we make it a priority to offer appointments for cancer surgery consultations within 5 business days, and often earlier. 

Patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer, or have just found out they have cancer recurrence, qualify for this priority access. Our surgeons will make themselves available to see you right away, even for a second opinion. We want to help you start your treatment as soon as possible.

If you have been diagnosed with a cancer of the digestive system, don’t wait. 
Call the Digestive Health Institute at Call813-615-7557.

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