Endoscopic procedures involve the use of a flexible, lighted tube to view areas inside the body. Endoscopy is used for the diagnosis, and often the therapeutic treatment, of a wide range of health conditions, including:
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- irritation of the gastrointestinal tract
- tuberculosis (TB)
- respiratory problems
- blockage in the duct system of the gall bladder or pancreas
- stricture in the esophagus or stomach
- bleeding blood vessels in the colon or stomach
Physicians with in-depth knowledge of digestive diseases and endoscopic procedures work with a caring team of specially trained registered nurses and endoscopic technicians to provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Your physician may request an endoscopy for areas of the body including:
A mild sedative is generally administered prior to an endoscopic procedure to help the patient relax. Though sleepy, the patient is able to communicate with medical professionals. In addition, a local anesthetic is sometimes used to numb a specific area. Family members are welcome to wait with the patient before the procedure. A waiting room is also available for family and friends.
Depending on the type of procedure, recovery usually lasts from one to three hours. Inpatients return to their room for recovery under the care of a nurse and receive results on the day of their procedure. Outpatients are discharged and informed of results during a follow-up appointment with their physician.