What is an endoscopy?

Looking inside the body to see what's happening

An endoscopy helps examine the insides of your body.What is an endoscopy?

“Endo” means within or inside. “Scopy” means viewing, seeing or observation. “Endoscopy” therefore means having a look inside your body to see what is happening.

Put simply, an endoscopy is a procedure to examine and inspect the insides of your body organs. An endoscopy is one of the most common procedures that gastroenterologists use with patients. This is because an endoscopy can both help diagnose and or treat you.

What happens during an endoscopy?

During an endoscopy your gastroenterologist will use special equipment and techniques to have a look inside your body to treat or diagnose you.

We will look at what’s happening inside your body on a screen. We will also take pictures and possibly record a video of what we see so that we can look at it again and again. We do this to work out how best to help you. This information forms part of your patient record and we treat this information confidentially. We will do this all of this by using an endoscope.

What is an endoscope?

An endoscope is a piece of equipment that includes a long, thin tendoscopeube, which has a light and a powerful camera. The endoscope allows the pictures from inside your body to be viewed on our screen. The long, thin tube is sometimes rigid and sometimes it is made of more flexible material. We only use high-quality equipment at endosQ.

How will I feel during an endoscopy?

At endosQ we will talk you through what your endoscopy experience
might be like. We will make sure that you experience as little discomfort as possible. We will also provide you with specialist guidance and information that will help you cope during and after the procedure. An endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure.

Once your GP refers you to us and once it is clear that you require an endoscopy we will provide you with special resources. We will support you in the lead-up to your procedure, during and after your endoscopy has taken place.

We appreciate that many patients want to know what to expect and many have questions about what will happen. We will devote the time to your care to make sure you understand what is involved and are aware of what will happen and when it will happen.

Why can’t I just have an x-ray or some other procedure?

An endoscopy is useful when other types of procedures aren’t helpful. For example, they help when x-rays and scans don’t. Gastroenterologists have completed specialist training on top of their basic medical training. This means our gastroenterologists are experts and qualified to work out when an endoscopy will be useful for you and when it is best to use some other procedure.

If we think that you can’t be helped by a gastroenterologist we will let you know. Letting you know this will help save you time and concern, and it will help you get the care that will help you in the shortest
time possible.

If we assess that you will benefit from some other type of procedure we will let you know and refer you on in consultation with your GP so that you get the best treatment and care that is possible.

When will I need to have an endoscopy?

Endoscopies are useful in helping us to work out what your problem is and how best to treat it. Endoscopies are helpful in working out what to do if you have problems with how your insides work. For example, an endoscopy might help if you have: irritable bowel syndrome, stomach complaints such as stomach ulcers, ongoing diarrhoea (this is sometimes referred to as chronic diarrhoea), internal bleeding and incontinence. We will work with you to make sure the right procedure is used at the right time in order to provide you with the best care possible.

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