Endoscopy is the insertion of a long, thin tube directly into an individual’s body to see an internal organ. Healthcare Providers can also use it in imaging, surgery, and other tasks.

Procedure of endoscopy

Endoscopies are minimally invasive and involve the openings as mouth or anus.

Reasons for carrying out an endoscopy:
  • Investigation: If a patient is suffering vomiting, pain in abdominal, breathing issues, stomach ulcers, difficulty swallowing, or gastrointestinal bleedingan endoscope can be used to search for an exact cause.
  • Confirmation of a diagnosis: An endoscopy can carry out a biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of diseases.
  • Treatment: An endoscope can be used to cauterize a bleeding vessel or remove a polyp.

Risk & Side effects of Endoscopy

  • over-sedation
  • feeling bloated for a short time after the endoscopy
  • mild cramping
  • a numb throat for a few hours
  • infection of the area of investigation
  • persistent pain
  • tear in the lining of the stomach
  • internal bleeding