The Montgomery Endoscopy Center, established in 1987, is a state-of-the-art facility completely equipped for the performance of endoscopic inspection of the gastrointestinal tract. Our practice was the first to open an accredited Ambulatory Endoscopy Center (AEC) in Maryland and twenty fourth nationwide. It is located in the same medical park as Montgomery Gastroenterology. Our practice was also the first in Montgomery County to offer capsule endoscopy to diagnose disorders of the small intestine.
Having an office based AEC allows us to perform endoscopic procedures in an attractive setting at a significant cost savings to our patients. When necessary, we also perform endoscopic procedures at Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, MD) and Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, MD).
Procedures commonly performed in the center include EGD (visual inspection of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum), and colonoscopy (visual inspection of the large intestine). Staff doctors are able to directly detect ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, small growths such as polyps, and even early cancers of the the gastrointestinal tracy. Many of these lesions can be treated through the endoscope thus avoiding major surgery.
Our endoscopy center patients receive safe,carefully monitored sedation provided by the staff of Montgomery Anesthesia. Anesthesia providers include anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists(CRNA).
We want you to know that we do NOT use these kind of scopes at our center, as we do not perform ERCP here. The duodenoscopes in question are different from the endoscopes used for upper endoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy.
Your health and safety are our primary concern; we are AAAHC-accredited and adhere to rigorous established cleaning and high level disinfection protocols for our endoscopy equipment. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
You may also be interested in the following, from the FDA's official blog:
The duodenoscope is different than the endoscopes used for routine upper gastrointestinal endoscopy or colonoscopy. - See more at: http://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2015/02/bacterial-infections-associated-with-duodenoscopes-fdas-actions-to-better-understand-the-problem-and-what-can-be-done-to-mitigate-it/#sthash.u1GoM2ro.dpuf