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St. Elizabeth health! - Summer 2014

St. Elizabeth Gastrointestinal (GI) and Endoscopy Lab

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw offers a dedicated GI/Endoscopy suite that provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal services. Our experienced, understanding staff is always available for your questions, comfort and to care for you before and throughout your exam.

We offer the latest in videoscopic technology, in the hands of an experienced staff who are available to care for your needs—from the most routine screening exam to serious medical emergencies.

Gastrointestinal (GI) screenings and procedures

The most common GI procedure performed at St. Elizabeth is the colonoscopy, which is considered the gold standard for detecting colon cancer. Performed under “conscious sedation,” patients are often amazed that this test causes essentially no discomfort. When using colonoscopy as a screening tool, The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk should have a "baseline" colonoscopy at age 50 and every 10 years after. This may be recommended earlier if there is a history of polyps or colon cancer in the family.

The second most frequently administered GI test is the upper endoscopy (EGD). This is performed on individuals who suffer from indigestion, ulcers and heartburn. With esophageal cancer on the rise, this test is the most definitive way to determine if cancer or a precancerous condition is present.

In addition to St. Elizabeth in Enumclaw, state-of-the-art GI facilities in Washington state include the eight Franciscan Health System hospitals in Bremerton, Burien, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Silverdale and Tacoma. Find more information here.