SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System
The SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System is a method of performing cholangioscopy, a diagnostic imaging procedure performed by your gastroenterologist in order to examine the stomach’s biliary tract.
The SpyGlass system is a fiber-optic camera the size of a pencil tip that transmits images of the biliary duct and tissue. It can reach areas of the biliary tract that are inaccessible with standard endoscopy procedures. It can also deliver treatment if gallstones are found or take tissue samples of suspected cancer growths.
Why SpyGlass Direct Visualization Is Performed
The procedure might have been recommended by your doctor in order to evaluate symptoms you are having, such as dull or very sharp abdominal pains, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), itching, fatigue or weight loss.
If you need to make an appointment for Spyglass cholangioscopy in Williamsport, PA, please call us at 570-321-3454. For a direct referral for endoscopy, call 570-321-3331.
If you are scheduled for a SpyGlass cholangioscopy, your doctor might ask that you take the time to follow a preparation procedure. This could involve restricting your diet to clear liquids 24 hours prior to the procedure, stopping or delaying your current medications or avoiding strenuous activity. We ask that you follow the preparations as prescribed by your doctor to ensure a successful procedure without complications.
How It Works
The SpyGlass system operates in a way that’s similar to traditional endoscopes. It uses a mini-endoscope with four-way maneuverability, which allows the physician to examine the ducts thoroughly.
Your throat will be numbed with an anesthetic spray, gargle or lozenge to make it easier to insert the endoscope. You will be given IV sedation or pain medication. The endoscope will be inserted orally and guided through the digestive tract, stomach and bile ducts. You may experience mild abdominal cramping.
Once the scope is in place, it will take pictures of the tissue, and if necessary, break up gallstones or take a tissue sample. When the procedure is complete, the endoscope will be slowly withdrawn.
After the Procedure
Once the SpyGlass procedure has been completed, you will be observed in a recovery room for one to two hours. If your throat was numbed before the test, you will not be able to eat until it is no longer numb or you are able to swallow without choking. Then you may resume eating and drinking normally.
Plan on having someone drive you home after the test. You will not be allowed to drive or operate machinery, and you will not be allowed to return to work for 24 hours.
Your doctor will be able to discuss some findings following the procedure but might follow up the next day to explain your results.
Skilled providers at Digestive Disease Center at UPMC perform Spyglass endoscopy in Williamsport, PA, to diagnose digestive problems of the stomach.