Our Endoscopy Unit contains state of the art equipment for the following:
Endoscopy is a medical procedure that involves the use of a flexible, thin tube with a light and camera at the end, called an endoscope, to visualize and examine the internal organs and structures of the body. It is commonly used to examine the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and intestines.
An endoscopy unit performs various types of endoscopic procedures, including: Upper endoscopy (esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD): This procedure examines the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine. Colonoscopy: It involves the examination of the large intestine (colon) and is commonly used for screening and diagnosing conditions such as colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. Flexible sigmoidoscopy: This procedure focuses on examining the lower part of the colon (sigmoid colon) and rectum. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): It is used to diagnose and treat conditions of the bile ducts, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): This procedure combines endoscopy with ultrasound imaging to evaluate and stage diseases of the digestive tract and nearby organs.
The duration of an endoscopy procedure depends on the type of procedure being performed and individual factors. Generally, an endoscopy procedure can take between 15 minutes to an hour or longer. Complex procedures or interventions may take more time. It is advisable to discuss the expected duration with your healthcare provider or the endoscopy unit.
Endoscopy procedures are generally safe, but like any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These can include bleeding, infection, perforation or injury to the organs being examined, adverse reactions to sedation or anesthesia, and complications related to pre-existing medical conditions. However, serious complications are rare, and the benefits of endoscopy usually outweigh the risks.