Examining Your Internal Organs
Endoscopy is a way of looking inside your body using a thin, flexible telescope.
The telescope has a camera attached to one end and allows doctors to have a closer look at specific parts of your body.
This endoscope transmits and at the same time records the images of the inside of your body so that the surgeon can see these images on a screen. An endoscope contains small channels through which a surgeon can insert instruments to clip bleeding vessels or pluck polyps.
You need an endoscopy if your doctor needs to know what’s happening on the inner surfaces of your stomach or bowel.
An endoscopy is needed if you have bleeding, pain, difficulty swallowing, or a change in bowel habits. It may also be needed if you have unexplained anaemia or weight loss.
Colonoscopy, or the examination of your large bowel using endoscopy, can be done to look for colon polyps and colon cancer as well as conditions like colitis or diverticular disease.
Gastroscopy is the process of using a gastroscope to examine the gullet, stomach and part of the small intestine.
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