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Endoscopy is a medical procedure in which an instrument called endoscope is passed into a specific organ like the esophagus or intestine or urinary bladder to examine the inner surface of that organ.
The most common type of endoscopy is upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (UGI), which is done to find out problems related to upper intestine (Esophagus, Stomach, Duodenum).
Endoscope contains a fiberoptic camera that magnifies the image of the particular area on the video screen to be viewed by the doctor. Endoscope, unlike most other medical imaging device is directly pushed inside the organ.
Upper GI Endoscopy is done to determine:
Preparations before the procedure
Before undergoing an endoscopy test, the endoscopy surgeon gives detailed instructions on how the patient should prepare for the test.
1. The patient should not eat or drink anything for a number of hours before the test.
2. Intake of any kind of blood thinning medicine is strictly prohibited by the doctor a few days before the procedure to eliminate the risk of bleeding.
3. In case of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (endoscopy of the stomach, gallbladder, liver, colon, rectum, small intestine, oesophagus etc.) the patient is prescribed a laxative to clear stool from his/her bowels.
4. The patient needs to sign a consent letter that states that he/she is well aware of the benefits and risks of endoscopy.
You can expect the following during the procedure:
Precautions after the procedure
In general endoscopy is a safe procedure. The probable side effects are: