Southern Hills Hospital introduces single balloon enteroscopy


 Southern Hills Hospital is now offering single balloon enteroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that uses a longer scope for gastrointestinal procedures. The hospital said in a statement that this allows physicians to further reach the small intestine, diagnose and treat patients immediately. It results in less recovery time, enabling physicians to identify issues faster than before. The statements said Southern Hills Hospital is the only hospital to offer the procedure in Southern Nevada. 

“We are excited to provide single balloon enteroscopy to our patients,” said Kimball Anderson, CEO of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. “We started seeing a pattern of endoscopy patients that could benefit from this new procedure, and now, we’re able to deliver those benefits to future patients.”

Single balloon enterscopy uses a hose-like scope that includes a balloon on the tip of the scope, which inflates as an anchor allowing the scope to delve further in the small intestine. Before single balloon enteroscopy, physicians were limited by the reach of a shorter scope and would essentially need to perform a second scoping procedure to diagnose issues. With single balloon enteroscopy, physicians can enter the GI tract once, and immediately reach the area in question. 

To learn more about the hospital and its services, visit www.SouthernHillsHospital.com.