ENDOSCOPIC PROCEDURES

Advantages

We provide expert endoscopic care whith up-to-date technical equipment of a hospital as well as internal medicine in an exclusive and private atmosphere.

 

At the newly-opened immaculate endoscopy unit of the Bitburg hospital, we offer comprehensive services for endoscopic procedures (upper intestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy) using the most advanced equipment.

 

Our caring and trained staff are equipped to provide a comfortable environment with the outmost respect for your privacy. Patients are kept pain free with the use of intravenous sedation, individually measured for each patient.

 

At Karenweg 6 in Bitburg centre, we have a new modern office for

 

  • consultation

  • pretest talk for colonoscopy

  • complete internal work up (Color ultrasound, exercise ECG, lung funcion, lab)

 

in association with a fiamily practise which can meet your individual medical needs and enquires fully in English.

 

Our modern concept has elicated much praise as we offer medical services that match the best available in the most advanced US clinical centres.

    

 

Appointments

 

 

  • Morning appointments: at the endoscopy unit of the Bitburg Hospital

 

  • Afternoon Appointments: at the office in Karenweg 6 in Bitburg

 

 

To schedule an appointment please call the special

 

US Patient Phone #.: 0651- 604 9999

 

for service in English.

    

 

Dear patient, this website introduces you to a established center for out-patient care in Bitburg and vicintiy.

 

It is the first ambulatory endoscopy center inside a hospital to be certified by Tricare and by the German Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care in the surrounding 100 miles.

 

    

 

 

 

Gastroscopy is a procedere to examine the upper part of your gastrointestinal system (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) using a thin flexible tube with its owns lens and light source. It is needed to clearify:

 

  • Swallowing difficulties

  • Nausea

  • Vomoting

  • Reflux

  • Bleeding

  • Indigestion

  • Abdominal pain

  • Chest pain

 

The physician can see abnormalities that don't show up on x-rays. Biopsies are taken, abnomal findings can be removed, bleeding lesions stopped. Most consider the test to be minimally uncomfortable and fall asleep during the procedure which takes only about 5 minutes.

 

Paper work

 

Please bring refferal form an reports from previous examinations. Most US insurances pay for the endoscopy. For patients without insurance or a german bank account a cash payment is required.

 

 

The day before

 

  • No meals after 6 p.m.

  • No drinks

  • No tablets (except heart or blood pressure medication) after 11 p.m. 

  • A small sip of wter is ok

 

Where to go?

 

Examinations are performed at the endoscopy unit of the Bitburg Hospital located in 3rd floor of the main building. Follwo our "wave logo" and the signs "Endoskopie / Praxis Dr. Aurora". Take either the main stair case of the main building all the way to the top floor or use the elevator.

 

On the 3rd floor you will see a neon sign "Endoskopie" to the left and "Oncology" to the right, you will find there the check-in-desk.

 

 

Arrangements to get home

 

Sedation used for endoscopic procedures include Midozolam (simular to valium) and Propofol. These medications are used for "conscious sedation", provide pain relief, but may cause short term amnesia.

 

Patients are not allowed to drive or work for the rest of the day and you are to be escorted.

 

 

What to expect?

 

After filling out the consent form your personal patient history will be taken in English and your questions answered.

 

Praparation begins with spraying your throat with a local anesthetic. Monitoring devices for blood oxygen level, blood pressure and puls will be adjusted and you will receive an iv. While you are in a comfortable position on your side, you will be asked to swallow as if you wanted to take a drink.

 

 

What happens afterwards?

 

After sedation you are monitored for approx 30 minutes until you are observed to be "street fit". You will receive a report with high quality picture prints in English with advice for further treatment and "work up".

 

You will be able to eat and drink after leaving the endoscopy. The biopsy report will be sent to the referring physician.

 

Gastroscopy

Capsule Endoscopy

By swallowing a miniature camera small bowel can now be seen. It is useful in cases of:

 

  • Crohn's disease

  • Bleeding

  • Anemia

  • Celiac disease

  • IBS

  • Cancer

 

We are espacially proud to be able to offer you as one of the first units word wide, a capsule endoscopy of the colon as a comfortable alternative to colonoscopy.

 

Colonoscopy

The American Cancer Society recommends complete colonoscopy for everyone age 50 and over, in order to screen and remove polyps, which re early stages of colon cancer. The test is also used to help find the source of abdominal pain, bleeding and changes in bowel habits.

 

A pretest talk is required to explain procedere, preparation an for the paper work.

Checklist for making an appointment

  • What is needed: Consultation? Endoscopy? Ultrasound? Vascular or cardiac check up?

  • If Endoscopy: Regular or Urgent (bleeding or acute abdominal pain?)

  • If gastroscopy: appointment for the procedure at the hospital endoscopy unit

  • If colonoscopy: appointment for the pretest talk at the hospital endoscopy unit (urgent) or at the office in Karenweg (regular)

  • Organisisation: referal or own insurance? Your phone? Who will escort?

    

 

 

 

Internistische Fachpraxis:

Karenweg 6 I 54634 Bitburg I Tel. 06561 - 947454

 

Endoskopiepraxis am Krankenhaus:

Krankenhausstr. 1 I 54634 Bitburg I Tel. 06561 - 947454

 

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