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Endoscopy Unit

Eva Martínez Bauer - Coordinator of the Endoscopy Unit

The aim of the Endoscopy Unit is to carry out digestive endoscopic procedures, both diagnostic and therapeutic, ensuring that the quality criteria of the examinations are met, while maintaining the safety and comfort of the patients.

In the Unit, endoscopic examinations are carried out in the fields of hospitalization, external consultation, primary care and other hospital centers.

Currently 7 professionals are part of the Unit, which has 4 rooms and a recovery room equipped with 6 bunk beds, 2 nurses and a bunk bed.

A shared radiology room is available for those examinations in which radiological control is necessary (ERCP, placement of prostheses, dilations, etc.).

In the afternoon, functional digestive studies, pHmetry and high and low manometry are carried out in one of the rooms.

Emergency digestive endoscopy guards are also performed outside of business hours, ensuring coverage throughout the year. Since 2010, guards have been working in coordination with CS Terrassa, covering both centers.

The endoscopic techniques available are: upper digestive endoscopy, colonoscopy, ERCP, echoendoscopy, enteroscopy and capsule endoscopy. Population screening for colorectal cancer has been carried out since 2015. More than 10.000 techniques are performed a year, of which approximately half correspond to diagnostic or therapeutic colonoscopies.

The Unit is a reference center for several hospitals that refer patients for ERCP, echoendoscopy, enteroscopy and capsule endoscopy. As advanced endoscopy techniques, Zenker's diverticulum treatment, HALO radiofrequency and complete wall resection (FTR) are performed. 2 years ago, in collaboration with the Surgery Service, we were pioneers in Spain in establishing the technique of endoscopy combined with laparoscopic surgery (CELS).

In the near future (less than a year) the construction of a new space with 8 rooms, two of them therapeutic and plumbed for complex therapeutic procedures, is planned.

This new space will lead to an increase in endoscopy staff and the possibility of implementing new endoscopy techniques, such as POEM, dissection and others.