Endoscopy

What is Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure which is used to examine the digestive tract of a person. It is done by using a specialized instrument known as an endoscope. An endoscope is a flexible tube with a light and camera, which helps the doctor to see inside the digestive tract on a monitor.

Why do I need Endoscopy?

Doctors usually recommend endoscopy in conditions like:

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Stomach pain
  • Digestive tract bleeding
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhoea
  • Polyps or growth
  • Biopsy

How do I prepare for an Endoscopy?

Doctor will give you complete instructions before the procedure. Usually you are asked to stop the intake of solid foods 8-12 hours prior to the procedure. Intake of water or juice might be allowed for up to 2 hours before the endoscopy.

Always inform the doctor about any medications you are taking and also if you have any allergies.

What are the harmful effects of Endoscopy?

Although the procedure is very safe, however, there can be few complications like:
  • Reaction to sedation
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Perforation

Who performs endoscopy?

Endoscopy is performed by specialists in gastroenterology like Gastroenterologists and Gastrointestinal surgeons.

What happens after an Endoscopy?

After the procedure, you will be asked to rest for 1-2 hours, so that the effect of sedative or local anaesthesia wears out. If you were sedated for the procedure, then you may need somebody’s help to take you home. You may also experience a sore throat, so you need to eat soft foods for few days. All these symptoms usually subside within 24 hrs.
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