At Southwest Endoscopy, we’re committed to providing the Durango, Colorado, community with a place to turn for all their GI issues, whether big or small. We know that early detection of gastrointestinal problems can be life-saving and critical to digestive health. Southwest Endoscopy has been proud to serve our community since 2001 and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Our friendly staff is experienced in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy and provides a compassionate approach to digestive health care.
Southwest Endoscopy Center is equipped and staffed to provide patients with high quality care. Our facility, with its state-of-the-art technologies and equipment, creates a safe and welcoming environment for our patients. Your time is very important to us, and one of our key goals is to get you back to the comfort of your home as quickly as possible. In most cases, patients seen at our facility for an endoscopic procedure are ready to be discharged less than 2 hours after check-in.
Colonoscopy is an examination of the large intestine (colon) that is frequently performed for routine colon cancer screening, detection and removal of potentially precancerous growths (polyps), evaluation of symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, bleeding, or constipation, and the monitoring of inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or EGD, is an examination of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum that is often performed for the evaluation of symptoms such as heartburn, trouble swallowing, abdominal pain or indigestion, vomiting or weight loss, or a sensation of filling up too fast. Endoscopy is also often performed in individuals who have reflux symptoms, such as heartburn, to screen for complications, like the potentially precancerous problem known as Barrett's esophagus.
Esophageal dilation is the treatment of narrowing in the esophagus due to gastroesophageal reflux disease, allergic disease of the esophagus (eosinophilic esophagitis), or other disease processes. Dilation is performed with a variety of instruments, including tapered plastic or rubber-like tubes and balloon catheters. Dilation is generally performed during an upper endoscopy.
We offer hemorrhoidal band ligation (temporary placement of internal rubber or latex-free bands at the base of hemorrhoids) using the CRH O'Regan system or other (endoscopic or anoscopic) ligators. We also offer infrared coagulation (infrared light-based coagulation probe) treatment. These treatments can all be initiated at the time of colonoscopy. Follow-up procedures, often needed to complete a course of effective care, can be scheduled in our clinic.