Interventional endoscopy is a minimally invasive way for a doctor to test and treat many conditions that affect a child’s gastrointestinal (GI) system. These techniques help doctors access parts of the GI tract that they cannot reach easily with other methods, such as open surgery. They involve less pain and a faster recovery than more traditional invasive, surgical methods.

Our endoscopists have the highest level of advanced training and experience needed to perform endoscopic procedures on children safely and effectively. This specialization is important, because children with GI conditions have unique medical needs. The Interventional Endoscopy Center at Cincinnati Children’s is one of only a few programs in the United States to offer these specialized services for children.

Pediatric specialization means your child benefits from:

  • Expertise caring for conditions that are more commonly found in children, such as congenital anomalies (problems that are present at birth)
  • Experience that comes from performing these procedures frequently on children
  • Immediate access to other specialty providers when special concerns arise—for example, developmental-behavioral pediatricians and child-life specialists

What Is Interventional Endoscopy?

Interventional endoscopy combines two types of technology:

  • Endoscopy—Use of a thin, flexible tube with a camera and a light source on the end
  • Imaging—Use of X-ray and/or ultrasound, which provide detailed pictures of internal organs

Instead of making an incision in the skin to access the GI tract, an endoscopist guides a flexible endoscope through a natural opening: the mouth or the anus. Sometimes this technology is only used to see inside the body to understand what is going on. Other times, the doctor provides diagnosis or treatment by sliding tiny tools through the endoscope.

Cutting-Edge Research to Improve Care for Children

Our team participates in research to discover new ways of safely and effectively using interventional endoscopy. Patients may qualify for clinical research studies that give them access to experimental tests and therapies that are not available elsewhere.