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Examining the esophagus

Patients looking to undergo weight loss surgery now have a simpler option at their disposal at Ellis Medicine's Bariatric Care Center.

The Niskayuna-based center is the first in the area to offer a five-minute procedure that requires no sedation and allows doctors to examine a patient's esophagus and stomach right in their office, according to a news release issued today.

The procedure, known as Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE), uses an endoscope, which is simply a small tube with a camera fixed to the end that allows physicians to see detailed images of a patient's internal anatomy. The scope is inserted into the nose and down through the esophagus to the stomach.

Typically, these screenings have been done using more invasive procedures that require sedation. TNE allows patients to sit in an exam chair while the procedure is done, and then walk out of the office and drive away to carry on with their day.

It's used before bariatric surgery to decide the best surgical options, and oftentimes after surgery to monitor a patient's progress.

Ellis Medicine's Terence Clarke, Malene Ingram and Vishnudas Panemanglore recently became the first surgeons in the area to use the procedure.

“TNE allows us to offer our patients a well-developed procedure that carries two significant benefits for patients — no sedation and rapid results,” said Terence Clarke, MD, chair of Bariatric Surgery at Ellis Medicine, in the release. “TNE allows us to effectively, safely and quickly obtain the images we need to determine the best treatment option for a patient.”

For more information about the procedure, call 243-1313.

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