Endoscopy, Respiratory Therapy and Other Services

Henderson Hospital has comprehensive endoscopy, respiratory, laboratory and inpatient dialysis services.

Upper Endoscopy

To evaluate symptoms of upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing, your doctor may recommend upper endoscopy, which enables the physician to examine the lining of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. This is the best test for finding the cause of bleeding from the upper GI tract. It's also more accurate than X-ray films for detecting inflammation, ulcers and tumors of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. The physician uses a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, and views the images on a video monitor.

A physician might use upper endoscopy to obtain a biopsy to distinguish between benign and malignant (cancerous) tissues. Biopsies are taken for many reasons, and your physician might order one even if he or she does not suspect cancer. For example, your physician might use a biopsy to test for Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes ulcers. Upper endoscopy is also used to treat conditions of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The physician can pass instruments through the endoscope to directly treat many abnormalities — this will cause you little or no discomfort.

Respiratory Therapy

Our respiratory diagnosis and treatment services include:

  • Adult mechanical ventilation - a tube is inserted through the mouth down into the trachea (large airway), often in emergency situations. 
  • Pediatric and neonatal mechanical ventilation - physicians with special expertise in children and infants insert a tube into the child's airway, often in emergency situations.
  • Oxygen therapy - supplemental oxygen delivered due to illness.
  • Pulse oximetry monitoring - an external sensor that measures oxygen levels in blood.
  • Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation - ventilation that is delivered through an oxygen mask, rather than through an inserted tube.

Laboratory Services

We offer a full array of laboratory services, including:

  • Blood and urine testing
  • Pre-admission testing
  • Outpatient surgery testing
  • Glucose tolerance testing

Inpatient Dialysis

Dialysis is a way to remove waste, salt and water from the body when the kidneys are not working properly. Henderson Hospital has inpatient dialysis services. This is needed for people who develop end stage kidney failure; this means they have lost about 85 to 90 percent of their kidney function. Although kidney dialysis is usually needed for life, or until a kidney transplant can be performed, in some cases it is needed only temporarily. Talk to your doctor about your individual situation.

Find a Doctor

To find a doctor who is affiliated with Henderson Hospital, contact our free physician referral service at 702-388-4888.