ndoscopy is a medical procedure used to view the digestive tract, and other internal organs, non- surgically. Through the use of an endoscope (a flexible tube with a lighted camera attached, the internal body structures are seen on a color monitor by our gastroenterologist.
We are using one of the best endoscopic machines in the world by OLYMPUS, U.S.A (FDA approved), with innovative technology solutions that contribute positively to society. It is a cylindrical, thin and long structure with a source of light and a video camera at one end. The images from inside can be seen on a monitor attached outside. The pictures are captured and produced in the report handed over to the patient.
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Why is an endoscopy performed?
We perform endoscopy often to evaluate severe stomach pain, ulcers, gastritis, digestive tract bleeding, and to investigate polyps or masses in the colon.
We prepare our patients for the procedure by fasting 6-8 hours prior to the endoscopy (for upper gastrointestinal) and a laxative is given to clear the bowels (for colonoscopy only).
Is endoscopy reliable?
Endoscopy is Highly Safe Procedure
Our gastroenterologist uses an endoscope to perform endoscopic procedures. The endoscope is a thin, flexible tube that is passed into the digestive tract to provide the gastroenterologist with a close-up video image of the patient's digestive system. It has cables for control and channels that permit the passage of devices to sample tissues, stop bleeding, or remove polyps. Like many hi-tech medical instruments, the endoscope is not a disposable device, but is re-used after rigorous cleaning and disinfection.
Types of endoscopy
A gastroscopy is also known as an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (UGI). It is performed using a narrow, flexible, telescopic camera called a gastroscope. The gastroscope is swallowed and passed down patient’s oesophagus into his stomach and then into the duodenum. A gastroscopy can be used to see if there are any growths or ulcers in oesophagus, stomach or duodenum, and can be used to remove any blockages.
Uses- A gastroscopy can help find out what is causing symptoms such as:
• Repeated vomiting or vomiting blood
• Difficulty swallowing
• long-term abdominal (tummy) pain
• weight loss
• Barrett's oesophagus
• early signs of cancer
A colonoscopy is a test to look at the inside of patient’s colon. The colon is the large intestine and the last part of digestive system. Its job is to dry, process, and eliminate the waste left after the small intestine has absorbed the nutrients in food. The colon is about 3-5 feet long. It travels from the lower right corner of abdomen (where the small intestine ends) up to liver, across body to the spleen in the upper left corner and then down to form rectum and anus.
Our gastroenterologist will use an instrument called the colonoscope to perform a colonoscopy. It is a long (about 3 ft), thin (about 1/2 inch), flexible fiberoptic camera that allows our gastroenterologist to visualize patient entire colon.
Uses- A colonoscopy can help find out what is causing symptoms such as:
• Unexplained changes in bowel habits.
• Pain, bloody diarrhea, and weight loss
• Rectal bleeding (which may appears as bright red, very dark, or black)
• lower abdomen pain