Gastroenterology Surgical Services

Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the U.S., and the second leading cause of cancer death. 

The good news? Colorectal is also highly preventable with early detection and treatment. 

If you’re 50 or older, or have a family history of colorectal cancer, the most effective way to reduce your risk is to schedule a screening colonoscopy. This test searches for potentially cancerous polyps, abnormal cell growths on the inside lining of the colon or rectum. Catching these polyps early can stop them from ever becoming cancer, or detect the cancer when it’s most treatable.

To schedule your screening close to home in Berwick, PA, call our Board-Certified General Surgeon who specializes in colonoscopies, Ryan Hawley, DO. For an appointment, call (570) 759-3561.

It’s Easier Than You Think

Despite what’s out there, colonoscopy isn’t nearly as difficult as the myths might suggest. At Berwick Hospital Center, we’re committed to making your experience as stress-free and comfortable as possible:

  • Easier prep: Drinking a large solution to clean your colon is one of the main reasons people may avoid colonoscopy. Our physicians often prescribe a smaller amount of sports drink with a laxative missed in which is very well tolerated.
  • Fast: The procedure usually just takes about 30 minutes. 
  • Simple: Uses a thin, flexible scope with a small camera attached, allowing your physician to both detect and remove polyps in a single procedure. 
  • Painless: Most patients experience little or minimal discomfort, and you’ll be given a medication to help you to sleep through it, so you don’t feel anything. You may have no memory of the experience at all.
  • Safe: We perform hundreds of colonoscopies every year, with very low risk of complications.
  • Life-saving: The vast majority of colorectal cancers are found in patients who did not have any pain or other symptoms.  A colonoscopy may be the only way to catch the cancer early and get you on the fast track to treatment.

Don’t wait another day to schedule your screening. It’s the best thing you can do for you!

 

Upper GI Endoscopy

If you’re suffering with symptoms or a condition affecting your digestive health, Berwick Hospital Center is here to help.

Our board-certified general surgeon specializes in upper GI endoscopy, a simple outpatient procedure to help diagnose and treat problems with the esophagus, stomach, upper intestine or first part of the small intestine (duodenum).

To schedule your consultation with a caring specialist right here in Berwick, PA, call our Board-Certified General Surgeon who specializes in Upper GI Endoscopies, Ryan Hawley, DO. For an appointment, call (570) 759-3561.

About the Procedure

During upper GI endoscopy, your doctor gently passes a thin, flexible tube, called an endoscope, down your esophagus. The instrument has a tiny camera on the end, allowing for an up-close view of your upper digestive tract on nearby video monitors. The endoscope also gently pumps air into your stomach to make areas easier to see.

The procedure may be recommended for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Assessing symptoms: Help your doctor determine what’s causing any uncomfortable digestive problems, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing or gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • Making a diagnosis: Used to collect tissue (biopsy) to test for diseases and conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), celiac disease, anemia, inflammation or cancers of the digestive system.
  • Treating a condition: Your doctor can pass special tools through the endoscope to treat problems in your digestive system, such as stopping a bleeding vessel, widening a narrow esophagus, or removing a polyp or foreign object.

Committed to Your Comfort

You’ll be asked to lie on your side on an exam table. To help you stay relaxed, your gastroenterologist will likely provide a light sedative through an IV.  You may also be given a liquid medicine to gargle or a spray to numb your throat to help keep the endoscope in place, though the tool does not interfere with your breathing. Our dedicated team will watch you throughout and keep you as comfortable as possible. You may even fall asleep.

Depending on your unique needs, the endoscopy usually takes 15 to 30 minutes. Results are often available right after the procedure, though it may take a few days if your doctor collects a biopsy.

Recovery & Follow-Up Care

Upper GI endoscopy is considered very safe – our specialists regularly perform the procedure with low risks of complications.

Once you’re done, you’ll be taken to a recovery area for a brief time, where our team will monitor you as the sedation wears off. A friend or family member will need to drive you home, and you will both receive special instructions for at-home care.

In the hours following your procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort, such as bloating or gas, cramping or sore throat, all which should improve in time. 

If you have any concerns or are experiencing any serious problems, such as chest pain, problems breathing or swallowing or worsening pain in your abdomen, call your doctor or seek medical attention right away.


Meet Our Surgeon:

General Surgery

Ryan Hawley, D.O.

751 East 16th St., Suite 100, Berwick Phone: 570-759-3561

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As a Board-Certified General Surgeon, Dr. Ryan Hawley has the training and the experience to treat a wide range of digestive conditions and procedures, to include: 

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper Endoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

 For an appointment call (570) 759-3561.