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What is endoscopy?

What is endoscopy?

Scoping you out!: Endoscopy is a general term meaning inserting a lighted scope into you somewhere, usually further specified by a prefix like colonoscopy, ureteroscopy, laryngoscopy which basically says where it goes. Often the docor can not only look inside but also biopsy (take tissue) and do other tests while in there--may require sedation depending on how far in they go! ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more


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Why do an endoscopy?

Why do an endoscopy?

Many reasons!: Everyone should have a colonoscopy, which is one type of endoscopy, at age 50 (sooner if there is a family history suggesting higher risk for colon cancer). Other types of endoscopy can look at different parts of the body, such as the esophagus, stomach, bile ducts, vocal cords, airways, bladder and ureters. These procedures are done if symptoms or other tests suggest a need for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can I eat the day of endoscopy?

Can I eat the day of endoscopy?

Afterward: You may eat after you have recovered from sedation. I would avoid alcohol and spicy or acidic foods the first 24 hours. ...Read more

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Can I eat before the endoscopy?

Can I eat before the endoscopy?

No: The purpose of an endoscopy is th view the stomach and first part of the small intestine. Dangerous to give IV sedation to someone who has eaten for fear of aspiration! ...Read more

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What are the steps of an endoscopy?

Many: Step one is informed consent where risks, benefits and alternatives are discussed. Next is conscious sedation where an IV is placed and medication is given until you are comfortable. Once you are resting comfortably, the procedure is performed. Last is recovery where you wake up and review procedure findings with your doctor. Someone must then drive you home because of the meds received. ...Read more

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How safe is an endoscopy procedure?

Very: Very safe procedure done thousands of times everyday. ...Read more

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What can I expect from an endoscopy?

Endoscopy: Either upper endoscopy or colonoscopy are done under IV sedation. Once you are sedated, the scope is passed into the intended area. It usually lasts 15-20 minutes. The sedation is reversed and you awaken in recovery. Someone drives you home and you can eat. ...Read more

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Can you explain what an endoscopy is?

Can you explain what an endoscopy is?

Scoping you out!: Endoscopy is a general term meaning inserting a lighted scope into you somewhere, usually further specified by a prefix like colonoscopy, ureteroscopy, laryngoscopy which basically says where it goes. Often the docor can not only look inside but also biopsy (take tissue) and do other tests while in there--may require sedation depending on how far in they go! ...Read more

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What is it like to have an endoscopy?

Endoscopy: I had one done once with a teaching endoscope. Normally you will be given medication that will relax you (and possibly sedate you) along with anesthetic sprayed on the back of the throat. In my case no med was used except anesthetic spray. I gagged a little bit but found it fascinating to look at my own stomach through the scope. It really wasn't bad. ...Read more

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How safe is upper & lower endoscopy ?

Very safe: It is a very safe procedure, however it does have risks as it is an invasive procedure. Risks are. ...Read more