Endoscopy and Colonoscopy
An endoscopy is a procedure that looks inside a patient’s body for diagnostic purposes. It uses an instrument called an endoscope to perform certain functions. An endoscope is a long, flexible tube with a camera at one end. Patients may be asked to undertake an easy regime of medication the day before in order to empty the stomach/bowel contents. Depending on the procedure it is inserted through a body opening such as the mouth or anus. It is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery and requires only mild sedation.
An Endoscopy looks at the oesophagus, stomach, and small intestines, which are viewed by a thin flexible tube inserted through the mouth.
A Colonoscopy looks at the lining of the large intestine, colon and rectum, which are viewed by a flexible tube inserted through the rectum.
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