- A non-surgical procedure during which a physician examines the digestive tract or other internal organs, including the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, colon or rectum, with an endoscope.
- An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with an attached lighted camera.
- Depending upon the type of endoscopy needed, Endoscopy can be inserted through the mouth or rectum.
- Endoscopy is generally performed by a gastroenterologist to evaluate a variety of symptoms and conditions including stomach pain, gallstones, difficulty swallowing, ulcers and polyps in the colon.
- During an endoscopy, a doctor inserts a lighted, flexible tube called an endoscope into a natural body opening.
- A camera attached in the endoscope allows the doctor to examine inside the patient’s body without invasive surgery.
- Colonoscopy is known as an examination of the entire colon and gastroscopy is know as a visual examination of the stomach.
- This test involves examining the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine with a small camera which is inserted down the throat.
- This test is helpful in determining the cause of internal bleeding, swallowing difficulties or abdominal pain.
- Gastroscopy helps to examine the condition of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine after an operation, presence of tumors or other abnormalities of the stomach, small intestine or esophagus.
Is endoscopy safe? Is there any risk?
Generally, an endoscopy test is a safe procedure if performed by well trained and experienced physician. The risk of any serious complication is very low. Some of the possible complications may include an infection in the examined part which can be treated well with antibiotics.