What Is an Endoscopy?
An Endoscopy is a procedure where the doctor uses an instrument which consists of a flexible tube that has a light source and a video camera at one end which transmits images of the internal organ on the television screen.
This enables the doctor to diagnose, view and operate on the internal organs of the body by making small incisions or through natural openings in the body.
When is an Endoscopy Carried Out?
The doctor suggests an endoscopy if a visual examination of the organ is needed. The endoscope instrument helps the doctor to view the problem without a large incision. When the doctor suspects that an organ or a particular area of the body is infected damaged, or cancerous in such cases the doctor may also conduct an endoscopic biopsy, where with the help of an endoscope a small sample of the tissues is removed and sent to the lab for testing. This test will help the doctor to understand the possible cause of the symptoms.
How does Endoscopy work?
An Endoscopy is not usually painful, although it may feel a little uncomfortable it is normally carried out while a person is conscious. Some cases do require a general anesthesia. A local anesthesia or a sedative is used to numb a specific area of the body. The endoscope is cautiously inserted into the body, where it is inserted depends on the part of the body that is being treated. The endoscope is inserted through the natural openings in the body like the throat, anus, urethra or in some cases a small incision is made to insert the endoscope the camera attached to the endoscope transmits the images of the internal organs onto the television monitor which helps the surgeon to examine any abnormal areas, if required, a small tissue sample (biopsy) will be taken using a small cutting instrument attached to the end of the endoscope.
Depending on the type of procedure and the treatment an endoscopy takes about 15-60 minutes to carry out. It is normally done on an outpatient, which means that you need not stay in the hospital overnight.
Preparing for an Endoscopy?
Before conducting an endoscopy the doctor will explain the patient why this procedure is being used and what are the alternatives available and what are the benefits and risks of an endoscopy.
Examination and testing
A complete physical examination is conducted to understand the complete medical history of the patient if any surgery has been done in the past. The patient is expected to reveal to the doctor about any medication, supplement being taken or about any allergies so that the doctor is prepared before hand to manage the situation.
Administration of Anesthesia. Depending on the severity of the situation, the doctor may recommend local anesthesia or regional anesthesia which numbs a small part of the body.
Clearing the System
The doctor will guide you regarding how to prepare for your endoscopy. The patient might be asked to fast for 12 hours before the procedure. Laxatives or enemas may be given to the patient to clear the system.
An Endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of your body is examined internally using a thin flexible camera or endoscope.
The recovery from endoscopy procedure will be very much dependent upon the type of sedative given. After the procedure is done the patient will be taken to a recovery room to be closely watched for one to two hours. This will include frequent assessments of your functioning, vital signs, pain and all body systems.
Benefits of Endoscopy
- One of the major advantages of endoscopy is that it is minimally invasive.
- Quick recovery as no big incisions are given
ShrikhandeIVF Endoscopy department specializes in performing all the procedures. At our hospital we ensure that endoscopy is performed by trained specialist group of Consultant Gastroenterologist’s, Consultant Surgeons, urosurgeons , gynecologists and Nurse Endoscopists, who are supported by the experienced anesthetist team depending upon the type of surgery needed. We have fully equipped operation theatre with all the latest equipment’s needed for the same. Our staffs understand your needs during postoperative recovery phase and they will assist you in all possible ways for your smooth recovery.