Endoscopy Specialist

Surgical Care of the Virginias

Frederick W. Barker, MD FACS

Breast and General Surgeon located in Bluefield, VA

The ability to view a person’s internal structures without resorting to open surgery has been a game-changer in modern medicine. As a board-certified surgeon, Frederick Barker, MD, is an experienced endoscopist, which helps him diagnose and treat medical and surgical problems of the digestive tract. To learn more, call the Bluefield, Virginia, office, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Enodoscopy Q & A

What is endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a procedure in which Dr. Barker uses a specialized camera mounted on a long, thin tube to get a closer look at your internal structures. In the past, surgeons needed X-rays and other indirect imaging techniques to identify possible internal problems and a direct, firsthand, and open surgical approach to diagnose and treat internal problems.

However, with endoscopy, Dr. Barker may rely on a high-definition, video camera to gather the information he needs and often to perform endoscopically what would otherwise require open surgery.

Endoscopy has changed the way surgeons approach many medical problems, allowing patients to avoid more invasive, and at times riskier, open procedures.

What are the different types of endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a catchall term for many different procedures in which a surgeon relies on a small camera to provide the diagnostic information they need. Although Dr. Barker does not perform all of  these endoscopic procedures himself, to give you an idea of the breadth and scope of this technique, the following are examples of endoscopic procedures:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Arthroscopy for your joints
  • Bronchoscopy for your lungs
  • Laparoscopy for issues in your pelvis or abdomen
  • Cystoscopy and ureteroscopy to better visualize your urinary tract

Why would I need an endoscopy?

Dr. Barker may turn to endoscopy for:

  • Routine screenings of your lower digestive tract
  • To diagnose the cause of stomach pain
  • To biopsy tissue
  • To remove diseased gallbladders
  • To diagnose and repair a hernias
  • To place feeding tubes

While this list is by no means complete, the bottom line is that this innovative technique allows Dr. Barker to diagnose and treat many medical conditions in the least invasive way possible.

Is endoscopy safe?

One of the primary benefits of endoscopy is its safety. By taking a minimally invasive approach to your medical issue, your risk of collateral damage, blood loss, and infection can be significantly reduced. 

If you’d like to learn more about endoscopy open the “Resources” tab of this website and click on the procedure of interest, and you can call Dr. Barker or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.