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The Doris E. Madeira Endoscopy Suite within the Ambulatory Care Unit at Day Kimball Hospital offers comprehensive endoscopic services through our Ambulatory Care Unit for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and conditions.

To schedule endoscopic services at Day Kimball Hospital, please contact one of our associated gastroenterologists >

Bronchoscopy allows your doctor to view your throat, larynx (voice box), trachea and lower airways through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. The bronchoscope may be flexible or rigid, depending on the purpose of the bronchoscopy. This procedure may be done to find the cause of breathing problems, take tissue samples, diagnose and treat certain diseases of the airway and lungs, and control bleeding. Flexible bronchoscopy is done under sedation; rigid bronchoscopy requires general anesthesia. 

A colonoscopy is done to screen for, diagnose and treat a variety of diseases and conditions of the colon, or large intestine, including colon cancer. The doctor uses a colonoscope (a long, flexible, thin tube with a video camera) to view the lining of the colon. The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes and is done with the patient under sedation. If the doctor finds an abnormality during the exam, he or she can take a biopsy of the abnormal tissue through the colonoscope as well.

Endoscopic Biopsies
Endoscopic biopsy allows your doctor to take internal tissue samples through an endoscope, which is a thin, hollow tube with a light and video camera through which tools can also be passed. This allows the doctor to both view the area where the suspicious tissue or tumor is located, and to get a sample of the tissue for testing.

Laryngoscopy is a diagnostic procedure in which the doctor uses a lighted scope to examine the back of your throat, larynx (voice box) and vocal cords to help determine the cause of various problems including voice issues, throat and ear pain, and difficulty swallowing. The scope may also be used to perform a biopsy, remove foreign objects from the throat, or remove polyps from the vocal cords. The scope may be rigid or flexible, depending on the particular problem or procedure to be performed. Flexible laryngoscopies are generally performed in your doctor’s office, while rigid laryngoscopies are performed at the hospital under general anesthesia. 

Cystoscopy is a procedure used to view or treat problems in the bladder and / or urethra. A cystoscope is a thin lighted instrument with a tiny camera. Your doctor can use the cystoscope to examine the bladder and urethra for abnormalities. Tiny instruments can also be placed through the cystoscope to perform treatment procedures such as tissue sampling, placement of a ureter catheter to aid in urine flow, or removal of foreign objects, tumors, or stones. The procedure may be done under local, spinal or general anesthesia.

Gastroscopy involves the use of an endoscope (a think, flexible, lighted tube with a tiny camera attached) to view the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first section of the small intestine) in order to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions that affect those organs, such as cancer, heartburn and ulcers.

Sigmoidoscopy allows your doctor to view the lining of the anus, rectum and lower part of the large intestine through a flexible or rigid sigmoidoscope, a thin, lighted, hollow tube with a tiny camera attached. A sigmoidoscopy may be performed to screen, diagnose and treat a variety of diseases and conditions, such as colon cancer, polyps, hemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel disease. The procedure takes only about 5 to 15 minutes, unless tissue samples are taken or polyps removed, and is done with the patient under sedation.

TEE (Transesophageal Echocardiography)
A transesophageal echocardiography is an echocardiogram, or specialized ultrasound of the heart, that is performed by placing a thin ultrasound probe through the esophagus, rather than passing a probe over the outside of the chest. This allows for a better view of the heart, as the bones and muscles of the chest wall are not in the way. The procedure is done under sedation.

Upper Endoscopy and Ulcer Treatment Procedures
An upper endoscopy, also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD, uses an endoscope (a thin, lighted tube with a tiny camera attached) to view the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). An upper endoscopy may be performed to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases and conditions of the upper digestive tract, such as ulcers, heartburn, abdominal or chest pain, nausea and vomiting, bleeding and problems swallowing. The procedure usually takes about 20 minutes and is performed with the patient under sedation.

Billing & Payment Information

Please note that billing for endoscopic procedures will be submitted to your insurance carrier by more than one party; the physician’s practice for professional services, Day Kimball Hospital for facility services and North American Partners for Anesthesia (NAPA) for anesthesiology services (if applicable). Please check with your insurance carrier for details about your specific coverage, copays, deductibles, provider network and any prior authorization requirements. If you have questions about your Day Kimball Hospital bill or need help paying for care, please contact our team of financial counselors. See our billing page for more information.

Other Services Integrated with Endoscopic Services

Diagnostic Services: Diagnostic Imaging
Specialty Care: Cardiology
Specialty Care: Digestive Health
Specialty Care: Nephrology
Specialty Care: Pulmonary Medicine
Surgical Care: Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery
Primary Care

Related Areas of Interest

Surgical Care: Important Patient Instructions and Information
Surgical Care: Overview
Day Kimball Hospital: Ambulatory Care Unit
Day Kimball Hospital: Campus Map and Directory
Day Kimball Hospital: Financial Assistance



What To Expect

  • Staff will confirm your expected arrival time via phone, 3 days prior to your scheduled procedure.
  • Plan to be at the hospital for an estimated time of three hours. The procedure time is usually one hour and the remaining time is for pre-procedure preparation and recovery time.
  • The doctor will review the results of the procedure with you and your family member prior to discharge.

Important Things to Remember

  • Please follow pre-procedure instructions.
  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
  • Arrive at the hospital at the time confirmed by hospital staff.
  • Patients receive light refreshment following their procedures.
  • The ACU staff will call you within 72 hours after your procedure to check on your status and answer any questions.
  • You must have a ride home following your procedure and a responsible adult to review and sign your discharge instructions.


Locations, Hours and Contact Information

To schedule endoscopic services at Day Kimball Hospital, please contact one of our associated gastroenterologists >

Day Kimball Hospital
Ambulatory Care Unit, First Floor
320 Pomfret Street
Putnam, CT 06260 
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Phone: (860) 963-6350
Fax: (860) 963-6413

Hours: Weekdays: 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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