You probably know someone who once had an Endoscopy, and when they told you the details, it may not sound very pleasant to think of a tube going down your throat; however, here is why this procedure is so necessary and why you may want to consider having one.
Endoscopy is a quick and relatively safe nonsurgical procedure that allows your Doctor to look inside your digestive tract. By using an endoscope, with a tiny camera attached, your Doctor moves it through your digestive tract and take pictures of the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine on a TV monitor.
This procedure usually takes less than an hour to be completed so an overnight stay in hospital is rarely necessary; typically an Endoscopy is an ambulatory procedure so most likely will be back at home the same day.
When Do I Need an Endoscopy?
Well, your Doctor will probably recommend an Endoscopy if he needs to check:
- Stomach pain
- Ulcers, Gastritis or trouble swallowing
- Digestive tract bleeding
- Changes in bowel habits
Between the many cases for what an Endoscopy is required (remove polyps, stop the bleeding of an ulcer and prevent the Colon Cancer), a very common one that you have surely heard about, is the Gastric Balloon. To perform this procedure, the Doctor first makes sure using the Endoscope that there is no ulcer or other disease that is counterproductive once it is placed. Subsequently, a medical silicone balloon is introduced through the Endoscopic route into the stomach in order to help the patient modify his eating habits.
How to be prepared for an Endoscopy?
First of all, please talk to your Doctor and he/she may recommend fasting for 6-8 hours before the procedure.
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