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GI Advanced Procedures


To make a referral to Archbold’s Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopy program, call Archbold Gastroenterology at 229.584.7636.

Please send the following information with your referral:

  • Patient Demographics
  • Insurance Information
  • Any pertinent radiology or endoscopy test (pictures in color preferred)
  • examples include: manometry, EGD, colonoscopy, biopsy/pathology reports
  • Office Notes (last two preferred)

Advanced GI Procedures at Archbold

Archbold offers the following hospital-based, advanced gastrointestinal procedures in Thomasville, Georgia:

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) allows in-depth examination of the wall of the GI tract to assess the extent of tumors within its wall. The upper GI tract consists of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum and small bowel; the lower tract includes the colon and rectum. EUS is also used to study other organs that are adjacent to the GI tract by imaging through the wall of the GI tract using the ultrasound beam. Such organs include the lungs, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, adrenal glands, kidneys and lymph nodes. Under EUS guidance a thin needle can be introduced through the GI wall into these organs to non-invasively take a biopsy of the liver, tumors, cysts, abnormal “suspicious” lymph nodes or other lesions.

  • EUS is often used to diagnose certain conditions that could be the cause of abdominal pain or abnormal weight loss.
  • EUS is also used to examine and/or take a biopsy of known abnormalities, including lumps or lesions, which were detected previously via endoscopy, computed tomography (CT) scan or MRI.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP)

ERCP is a procedure used to examine a patient’s pancreatic and bile ducts, the small tubes that carry pancreatic juice and bile from your pancreas and liver to the first portion of the small intestine (the duodenum) to aid digestion. During an ERCP procedure, a flexible, lighted tube called an endoscope is inserted through your mouth, into your stomach, and into the duodenum. The endoscope allows your physician to find the opening of the bile duct and pancreatic duct and insert a catheter in these ducts to inject a special dye that is opaque to X-rays and allows visualization of the ducts under X-ray (fluoroscopy). The physician can also insert a tiny endoscope (called a cholangioscope or pancreatoscope) through the larger endoscope and then up the bile duct or pancreatic duct to perform “cholangiscopy” or “pancreatoscopy” (i.e., visualize the inside of the ducts directly). This allows detection and removal of stones, placement of stents to facilitate drainage of bile or pancreatic juice in patients where there is obstruction by stones or tumors and other therapeutic interventions.

ERCP is commonly used to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. Your doctor may recommend an ERCP if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Unexplained abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • Blockage or stones in the bile duct or pancreatic duct
  • Fluid leakage from the bile ducts (“bile leak”), which can occur after gallbladder or liver surgery
  • Blockage or narrowing of the bile ducts
  • Tumors in the pancreas, liver, and/or bile ducts
  • Infection in the bile ducts

To make a referral to Archbold Advanced Gastrointestinal Endoscopy program, call Archbold Gastroenterology at 229.584.7636.

Contact Us

Archbold Gastroenterology
112 Mimosa Drive
Thomasville, GA, 31792
229.584.7636 referral line
229.584.5590 office

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