Endoscopy is a procedure in which a long, thin tube is inserted into the body to thoroughly examine an organ or tissue. It can also be used for imaging and minor surgery. Endoscopes are instruments that can be inserted into body openings such as the mouth or the anus... Read More
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Endoscopy is a procedure in which a long, thin tube is inserted into the body to thoroughly examine an organ or tissue. It can also be used for imaging and minor surgery. Endoscopes are instruments that can be inserted into body openings such as the mouth or the anus. It enables your doctor to examine an organ without making a large incision; the doctor can view the endoscope on a screen in the operating room.
Specialists of different diseases can perform endoscopy according to the body part that needs to be examined. For example, a Gastroenterologist will perform an endoscopy if your GI tract needs an examination.
Endoscopy can be used to examine a wide range of body parts, including:
Your doctor will provide you with detailed information on how to prepare for your procedure:
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Endoscopy is performed to diagnose or even treat conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine (duodenum). Doctors may recommend endoscopy to evaluate:
Endoscopy is sometimes also combined with other procedures, such as an ultrasound. It can be used to place the ultrasound probe to create specialized images of the wall of your esophagus or stomach and it also helps your doctor to create images of hard-to-reach organs, such as your pancreas.
Endoscopies can take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the purpose. It is generally possible to go home the same day without having to stay in the hospital.
An endoscopy is usually a painless procedure with a low risk of significant problems: The following are examples of rare endoscopy risks are;
An endoscopy generally is a safe procedure and the risk of serious complications is very low. After endoscopy, you may experience some mildly uncomfortable signs and symptoms such as:
These signs and symptoms will improve with time so give yourself rest. However, consult your doctor immediately if there are any signs of infection in the area where the endoscope was inserted.
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Endoscopy isn’t really painful and most people only experience some mild discomfort, similar to indigestion or a sore throat.
Patients remain in the recovery area 30 to 40 minutes after their procedure and get back to normal within a day.
Endoscopy is used to evaluate and treat digestive tract problems e.g, endoscope might not only detect active bleeding from an ulcer, but even devices can be passed through the endoscope that can stop the bleeding.
An endoscopy test is used to diagnose and treat diseases. For example, an upper endoscopy test is used to diagnose and treat diseases in the upper part of the digestive system. Endoscopy is also used to investigate symptoms.
Endoscopy of the upper digestive system take 10-15 minutes. Other endoscopies, like the colonoscopy, may take longer, upto half an hour.
You are sedated to some extent to prevent the gag reflex and allow the tube to go inside.
There are many diseases that can be detected through an endoscopy. Examples include sources of internal bleeding, ulcers, blockages, inflammation, swelling, clots, cancer links etc.
Endoscopy will not interfere with your breathing. The tube is very small and it goes only through the esophagus, not the voice box.
A gastroenterologist or general surgeon can perform an endoscopy.
You are not supposed to eat and drink anything 8 hours before the endoscopy.
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