Endoscopy Services

The Richard M. Nowell Endoscopy Center at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center is a state-of-the-art laboratory that performs a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for digestive disorders and pulmonary disorders. Some of these digestive conditions include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis), ulcer disease and jaundice. The center also provides services for pulmonary disorders, such as lung cancer and COPD. A physician's order is required for endoscopy appointments.

Gastroenterology Services

Baptist Medical Center has earned the following clinical recognition from HealthGrades for Gastrointestinal Services:

  • Five-Star Rated for Gallbladder Removal Surgery for 12 Years in a Row (2005-2016)

See a full listing of all Baptist Medical Center's HealthGrades recognitions.

Endoscopic procedures include:

  • Upper GI Endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD)
  • Lower GI Endoscopy (colonoscopy)
  • enteroscopy
  • flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • diagnostic endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • esophageal banding
  • endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
  • the HALO 360 Ablation Therapy System to treat Barrett's Esophagus (BE), a pre-cancerous condition associated with chronic gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD. Click here to learn more.

Upper GI Endoscopy (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy-EGD)

Performed to assess frequent heartburn, stomach pain, reflux disorders, abdominal pain, nausea, or difficulty swallowing. This procedure involves the endoscope inserted into the throat to the stomach and the first part of the small intestine.

Lower GI Endoscopy (Colonoscopy)

An examination of the entire colon (colonoscopy) via the rectum.

ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)

This is a procedure to diagnose, and treat gallstones, by using an endoscope and X-rays for treatment in a non-invasive manner.

Endoscopic Pancreatic Stent Therapy

In conjunction with ERCP, this therapy is used for acute and chronic pancreatitis. Most often used to relieve pain and improve how pancreatic ducts drain.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

This procedure is a screening of the lower portion of the rectum and colon.

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Pulmonary Services

Endoscopic procedures include:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Placement of tracheal/bronchial stents
  • Placement of aspira chest tube(s)
  • Staging of lung cancer
  • Treatment of bronchiectasis
  • Diagnosis of COPD
  • Navigational bronchoscopy for pulmonary mapping (see below)
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) (see below)
  • Treatment of mediastinal adenopathy
  • Foreign body removal
  • Cryotherapy (see below)

Navigational brochoscopy is used to find and reach tumors located in the periphery of the lungs, where smaller bronchi are not wide enough to allow passage of a normal bronchoscope utllizing electromagnetic guidance. With navigational brochoscopy, doctors can find lung tumors, take biopsies and administer treatment.

Endoscopic bronchial ultrasound allows the physician to see beyond the bronchial wall, to the diseased tissue, lymph nodes and/or lesions outside of the bronchial airways with high frequency sound waves.

Cryotherapy causes cold-induced tissue/cell destruction by repeated cycles of cold application followed by thawing for endotracheal lesions, removal of foreign bodies, mucus plugs, blood clots, vascular tumors, treatment of granulation tissue, stenosis, dielafoy lesions and others.

Services for Pediatric Patients

The Baptist Endoscopy Center treats children of various ages ranging from premature infants to young adults. To locate a pediatric gastroenterologist or pulmonologist, please contact our physician referral service at 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262.


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