Endoscopic and Colonoscopic procedure specialists at Sahasra Hospital
In simple terms endoscopy means ‘to look inside’. In this procedure an endoscope is used to view the interior portion of the gastrointestinal tract. The endoscope is paired with a monitor and it relays images from within the body to the screen. In case a pathology is detected the doctor performs a biopsy or other minor procedures with the instruments present in the endoscope.
If the scope is passed from the mouth to look at the food pipe and stomach it’s called gastroscopy and if it is used to look at the bile duct it’s called ERCP.
In case the scope is passed from the rectum it’s called ‘colonoscopy’.
Know the symptoms
Endoscopy is generally performed for patients with the following complaints:
Persistent abdominal pain
Prolonged symptoms of nausea and vomiting
Unexplained bloating of the stomach
Severe and frequent heartburn
Difficulty in swallowing
Vomiting blood or granular particles
Passing black or tarry stools
Unexplained loss of appetite/weight
Passing of stool with blood
You will be administered a local anesthetic before the test begins and a sedative may be administered if required.
You will then be made to lie on your side or back in a comfortable position as the endoscope is gently passed through your gastrointestinal tract.
The esophagus, stomach and duodenum or the colon (during colonoscopy) are then thoroughly examined.
Air is introduced into your stomach during the procedure to allow a better view of the stomach/colon lining. The procedure usually lasts 15 – 30 minutes.
Upper GI bleed
Acid peptic disease, reflux disease
Corrosive injury oesophagus and stomach
Foreign body removal
Banding and clipping for esophageal and stomach bleed
Biopsy of oesophageal and stomach lesions/ tumours
Palliative Stenting for esophageal and duodenal tumours