410 Connell Road
Valdosta, GA 31602

phone:(229) 244-1570
fax:(229) 299-4291

Endoscopy Center

Established in 2002, Valdosta Endoscopy Center (VEC) offers an alternative to hospitalization when a GI Endoscopy is needed.  At VEC our doctors are state licensed, Medicare certified, and Joint Commission accredited.  We are open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and you may call us at 229-244-1570 extension 228 or 230.

Why would I need this Center?

An “endoscopy” is a specialized procedure that allows direct visualization of the GI tract, giving the doctors more information about what may be causing your GI problems.  Specialized procedures – diagnostic and therapeutic Endoscopy (including colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy) – are performed at VEC.  Most people find this more convenient than going to a hospital because the Center is inside our office building.

Our Endoscopy Center Staff is caring, friendly, and ultimately patient care oriented.  Our excellent satisfaction surveys completed by patients attest to our outstanding service. Click here to meet our Endoscopy Center staff.

To insure optimal performance and patient care, the Endoscopy Center is subject to an ongoing quality improvement program.  In addition, VEC is licensed by the Department of Community Health: Department of Licensure and Certification and is AAAHC accredited.  Click here for further information about AAAHC and wht it means to your health. 

Disclosure of Ownership

Valdosta Endoscopy Center, LLC is a Georgia Corporation exclusively owned and operated by C. Allen Woods, Jr., M.D. and Eric M. Ward, M.D.  Business loss and income is based on procedures performed at the center.  The above named individuals can be reached at 410 Connell Road, Valdosta, GA  31602. * 229-244-1570

Our Pathology Service

Specimens (biopsies) taken in VEC are sent to one of the world’s most renown Gastrointestinal pathology services, Miraca Life Sciences.  Miraca is the world’s largest outpatient GI pathology practice, examining well over 3,000 GI biopsies every day.  This unparalleled access to biopsy samples provides their pathologists with unique research and learning opportunities to evaluate unusual cases as well as to characterize common diseases in ways not previously possible.  Micaca’s commitment to ongoing learning is manifested through daily slide-review conferences, monthly didactic and journal review conferences, rigorous quality assurance, and continuous review of the company’s diagnostic terminology and criteria. Click here for more information on Miraca Life Sciences.

What Can I Expect from a Visit to VEC?

First and foremost, you can expect to receive professional, courteous and compassionate care a Valdosta Endoscopy Center.  Our primary concern is for your continuing good health.

We’re also concerned about your safety.  You must have a responsible adult accompany you to the Center and drive you home after the procedure.  You should wear comfortable, warm clothing to the Center so it will be easy for you to change into a gown and redress.  We’ll ask you to tell us about any and all medications you are currently taking and any drug allergies you have.  We’ll also ask you to sign an Informed Consent Form to indicate you have been made aware of the risks and possible complications of the procedure, as well as alternatives to the procedure.  We do not honor “Advance Directives” in VEC.

You will be awake during the procedure, but you may feel a bit drowsy because you will receive an IV for “conscious sedation”.  Afterwards, you will rest while the sedative subsides.  Then we will give you further instructions and answer your questions.

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