Pediatric Interventional Endoscopy at Rady Children’s Hospital
At Rady Children’s Hospital, we are committed to providing compassionate and expert care for patients with pediatric GI conditions. Our team of board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists and specialized healthcare professionals is dedicated to utilizing cutting-edge interventional endoscopy techniques to ensure the best outcomes for our young patients.
Our Interventional Endoscopy Center addresses a wide range of conditions, including:
- Liver and Biliary Disease
- Tumors and Cancers of the Abdomen or GI Tract
- Traumatic Injuries to the Liver and Pancreas
- Stones in the Bile and Pancreatic Duct
- Abnormal Fluid Collections or Cysts Within the Abdomen
- Various Gastrointestinal (GI) Conditions
Endoscopy Suites: Advanced Facilities for Comprehensive Care
Our diagnostic and therapeutic procedures take place in our modern and fully-equipped Endoscopy Suites. These suites are designed to cater specifically to the unique needs of pediatric patients, offering a comfortable and child-friendly environment for families. The facilities are equipped with the latest technology to support a wide range of procedures.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services Include:
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD): A procedure to examine the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum using a flexible endoscope.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: An endoscopic examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon.
- Colonoscopy: Examination of the ileum and colon using a flexible endoscope.
- Endoscopic Polypectomy: Visualization and removal of polyps in the colon using an endoscope.
- Esophageal and Intestinal Dilatation: Treatment to widen narrowed areas of the esophagus.
- Esophageal and Anal Manometry: Evaluation of muscle function in the esophagus and anus.
- Percutaneous Liver Biopsy: Minimally invasive procedure to obtain a small sample of liver tissue for examination.
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Tube Placements: Insertion of a feeding tube through the abdominal wall into the stomach.
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Cecostomy Tube Placements: Placement of a tube into the cecum for decompression or administration of medications.
- Endoscopic Nasojejunal/Gastrojejunal Feeding Tube Placement: Placement or replacement of feeding tubes extending beyond the stomach.
- Variceal and Non-variceal Gastrointestinal Bleeding Management: Advanced interventions to address bleeding in varices or the GI tract.
- Paracentesis: Removal of fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity.
- Balloon-assisted Enteroscopy: Diagnostic and therapeutic examination/treatment of disorders involving the deep small intestine.
- Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy: Diagnostic visualization of the small bowel or esophagus using a swallowable capsule with a built-in camera.
- Impendence (pH) Monitoring: Measurement of acid and non-acid levels in the esophagus.
- Breath Analysis: Evaluation of breath samples for diagnostic purposes.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): Endoscopic procedure to diagnose and treat issues involving the bile and pancreas ducts.
Your Child’s Journey with Interventional Endoscopy
Preparation and Comfort:
Before the procedure, our team provides detailed information about what to expect, answering any questions you may have. Your child’s comfort is a priority, and we work closely with you to ensure a positive experience.
On the day of the procedure, our caring team meets with you and your child in our Endoscopy Suites. Your child will receive anesthesia for comfort during the procedure.
Most procedures allow for same-day discharge, with some exceptions requiring overnight monitoring. Our team provides clear instructions for post-procedure care, and we remain accessible to address any concerns.
Multidisciplinary Approach and Collaborative Care
Our collaborative approach involves close coordination with specialists from various departments, including radiologists, interventional radiologists, pediatric surgeons, and other subspecialty physicians. This teamwork ensures a comprehensive and well-rounded care plan for your child.
Tom K. Lin, MD
Dr. Tom K. Lin is a pediatric gastroenterologist who helps child patients with conditions of the gastrointestinal or digestive tract. As a healthcare professional, he received his medical degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and has spent much of his time after graduating helping children.
As a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Lin has experience with pancreaticobiliary disorders in children, infants, and adolescents. Besides helping children with these conditions as a healthcare professional/specialist, he has been featured in publications focusing on topics, such as post-conflict settings, pancreatitis, and small bowel imaging.
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