Choose NOCHS When You Need a “Scope”

Most of us don’t spend too much time thinking about endoscopy. The idea of sending a tube spiraling through our insides is not something that sounds too appealing. As a result, we often fail to invest time understanding what’s important when we need a screening or a test. Here’s what you need to know — and ask for — when it’s time to explore your upper or lower gastrointestinal tract.

Let’s start with some basics. When might you need to have an endoscopic procedure? At the “top end,” you might need endoscopy to help diagnose the cause of acid reflux, or abdominal pain and bloating. From the “bottom end,” you might need a colonoscopy screening, or help with a bleeding issue. Endoscopy is a good way for doctors to get a peek inside some very dense and complex tissue without surgery.

That being said, here are three things you should think about when scheduling your procedure.

First, there is no such thing as a “routine” anything. Sometimes people respond badly to anesthetic. Sometimes screening uncovers a serious and immediate problem. When you’re having a procedure done in our Endoscopy Suite, you’re in a hospital. We have surgeons and radiologists who can literally be at your bedside in minutes. And if there’s a true emergency, you’re in the only place in Grand Haven where highly-qualified people have the full continuum of resources to take care of you 24/7. That’s just not the case in an outpatient facility. So think long and hard about where you want to be if your “routine” procedure goes wrong.

Second, you should know about the quality of the images that are being recorded. The human gastrointestinal tract is not exactly designed with Kodak photo ops in mind. It’s dark and murky, to say the least. We have the newest hi-definition equipment, with light sources that allow doctors to see tissue differences. That allows us to be extremely specific about any further procedures, like biopsies or sectioning, so that you can get the best possible outcome. And if there’s an issue that’s really concerning, our portable equipment can come right to the bedside, along with the doctor who can give you an answer. You don’t have to wait, and you don’t need yet another appointment.

Third, think about anesthesia. Generally speaking, most people don’t enjoy anesthetic. We get that. But we have found that we get shorter stays and fewer complications when we use monitored anesthetic instead of conscious sedation. Our goal is for patients to be comfortable during the procedure, recover quickly, and experience minimal to no side effects. And again…coming back to that “routine” thing…we have fully trained and licensed anesthesiologists caring for you while you sleep. Conscious sedation requires far less training. Who do you want watching over you if something goes wrong?

Since people are not exactly lining up like concert crowds to schedule procedures such as colonoscopies, we also focus on the little things that make the experience more comfortable. We have a lovely waiting area for your driver. Our pre-procedure space is actually warm! Yes, we put patient comfort first. Speaking of comfort…you’ll don pre-warmed gowns and socks straight out of our blanket warmer, because our nurses know it just feels nicer. And afterwards? No parading around in your hospital gown to find a public restroom. Our recovery rooms have doors and private bathrooms, which gives you the privacy you will absolutely value if you’re having any kind of intestinal issue.

We hope that when you need endoscopy services, you’ll ask good questions, and then choose NOCHS.

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