2. Department
  3. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

(1) Overview

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy department specializes in endoscopic examinations/treatment of all gastrointestinal disorders. Our department performs numerous endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) treatments where the lining of the cancerous area is carefully peeled off using an endoscope. ESD treatments are often indicated for early esophageal, gastric or duodenal cancers and the cancer of large intestine.

Our endoscopy facilities are well equipped with a total of 11 endoscopy rooms, 7 rooms exclusively for general consultations (1st floor) and 4 rooms for comprehensive medical checkups (2nd floor). We make an effort to ensure that the endoscopy examination/treatment devices are constantly updated with the latest devices.

We are currently receiving a large number of patients coming not only from nearby Kanto region, but also patients from the outside, often a from a far to receive our ESD treatments for duodenal cancer.

The department also perform capsule endoscopy (a test that is conducted by swallowing an endoscope in capsule form) for the small intestine and large intestine.

(2) Policy

Endoscopic Treatment and Tests That Are Highly Accurate with Minimal Discomfort

Early detection of cancer through endoscopy examinations matters, as early diagnosis and treatments often vastly improve the outcome of the gastrointestinal cancer. Our Endoscopy Center strives for highly accurate endoscopy examinations to ensure that early cancer would not be missed.
We also make every effort to keep patients comfortable through the use of sedation if requested by patients for the endoscopy examinations.

(3) Our Strengths

We treat a variety of cancers via endoscopy treatments

The Centre boasts extensive experience in treating a large number of gastrointestinal cancers through endoscopy, totaling approximately 900 cases annually (esophageal, gastric and duodenal cancer and large intestine carcinoma).
In addition, we perform approximately 9,900 upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and 6,400 lower gastrointestinal endoscopy examinations per year.

We Support You 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year in the Event of Emergency

We operate a round a clock services in the event of emergencies such as sudden hematemesis (vomiting blood) and melena (bloody stool). We also ensure that the patients that received our endoscopies are well cared for in the event of complications such as bleeding after endoscopic procedures.

We Accept Trainees From Around the World

Many physicians who aspire to “a master level endoscopic skills” currently come from all over the world to observe and train at our Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Centre. We receive trainees from all over Japan as well as from around the world, including China, Europe, Russia, and Brazil.

We Value Comfort for Our Patients by Perfecting Transnasal Endoscopy Techniques

Our Endoscopy Centre is experienced in ESD treatments using transnasal endoscopy approach (an endoscope inserted through the nose) for early stage gastric cancer, improving comfort for patients undergoing the procedures.

Ordinarily, ESD treatments for early stage gastric cancer may be performed under sedation using an endoscope inserted through the mouth (transoral endoscopy). However the risk of complications caused by the stress of sedation tends to be higher especially with the elderly patients.

In contrast, ESD treatments via transnasal endoscopy approach do not usually require sedation with anesthesia, allowing our elderly patients to safely undergo ESD treatment. Patients with early stage gastric cancer who has given up on endoscopic treatment because of their age, come to our hospital for treatments often from considerable distance.

We Value Patient’s Wishes to Use Sedation for Alleviating Discomfort During Endoscopic Examinations

Our department values patient`s wishes to undergo sedation when performing endoscopic treatments. After the endoscopic procedure, patients are usually asked to rest in the comfort of recovery rooms until they are fully awake from the sedation.
The safety of patients are paramount both during and after the endoscopic procedures. Our recovery rooms are equipped with active monitoring system for patients after endoscopic procedures, so that we would be able to respond immediately in response to the event of a sudden deterioration of the patient’s condition.

Message for Our Patients

If you are currently being treated by a physician at another hospital or clinic, please bring a referral letter to us so we are aware of your condition prior to your arrival. This will helps us to gain more accurate understanding of your condition, eliminating unnecessary tests and reducing the number of outpatient appointments.

As we receive a large number of patients for endoscopies, some patients may be concerned that there may be a long wait between the initial consultation and the subsequent treatments. Although this may depend on the case, we are aiming for all the patients to be able to receive endoscopy examinations/treatments within approximately one to two weeks after their initial outpatient consultation.