Vanderbilt Health now offering endoscopy at One Hundred OaksFeb. 10, 2021, 1:46 PM
by Leigh MacMillan
The new Endoscopy Lab at One Hundred Oaks has expanded Vanderbilt Health’s options for endoscopic procedures including colonoscopies to screen for colorectal cancer.
The new Endoscopy Lab adds five state-of-the-art procedure rooms to the endoscopy offerings at The Vanderbilt Clinic and can serve 50 to 60 additional patients per day. Procedures offered include colonoscopy, upper endoscopy (EGD), and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).
The lab opened in November 2020 in conjunction with the Vanderbilt Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinic, which moved from its previous location in the Medical Arts Building.
IBD is characterized by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and includes the conditions Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Patients with IBD commonly require endoscopic procedures to investigate, diagnose and treat issues, and having the Endoscopy Lab and IBD Clinic in close proximity is beneficial for patients, said David Schwartz, MD, professor of Medicine and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.
“The new Endoscopy Lab at One Hundred Oaks is a convenient and beautiful state-of-the-art facility for all patients — IBD and non-IBD patients alike — who require an endoscopic procedure. We are excited to move into this new home and look forward to the opportunities the new space provides,” Schwartz said.
The expanded endoscopy services are also helping alleviate a backlog of screening colonoscopies that were delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic, potentially putting patients at risk. Regular screening is associated with reduced colorectal cancer mortality.
“We’re pleased that the new lab is allowing us to see patients for endoscopic procedures more quickly,” said Nikki Smith, MSN, RN, patient care manager for the IBD Clinic and Endoscopy Lab at One Hundred Oaks. “Our patients have been happy to have the option of coming to One Hundred Oaks for an endoscopy procedure.”
The Endoscopy Lab at OHO is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 615-322-0128 or go here.