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Yashoda Hospital provides you the best endoscopy procedures, which are performed by our expert gastroenterology specialists (gastroenterologists). Our expert doctors perform many of these advanced procedures to cater to the unique medical needs of each patient. Yashoda Hospital offers you the highest level of personalized consultative and longitudinal digestive health care. Our aim is to offer our patients cutting-edge patient-centric, efficient, safe, and accurate care using advanced technologies. We are available for you 24X7 to provide emergency care to help you maintain and enhance your quality of life.

What is an Endoscopic Procedure?

Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure where the endoscopist examines an individual digestive tract. The endoscope is an instrument which is a thin, flexible tube with a light and full HD camera attached to it. Your doctor can see the images of your digestive tract on a TV monitor.

During an upper endoscopy, the endoscope is inserted through the mouth and through the throat into the esophagus. This helps the doctor to look at the images of the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine.

Similarly, the doctor passes the endoscope into the large intestine (colon) through the rectum to assess the areas of the intestine. Depending on the procedures called sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy, the colon is examined.

Our team of doctors also uses the special form of endoscopy procedures called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, which enables the doctor to examine the pictures of biliary and pancreatic system. We also use ERCP for stent placement and biopsies. In addition, ERCP is also used to remove the gallstones that have passed outside the gallbladder and into the bile duct.

Who are the candidates for Endoscopy?

Our Doctors will recommend endoscopy if you have:

  • Stomach pain
  • Gastritis, Ulcers, or difficulty swallowing
  • Digestive tract bleeding
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Polyps or growths in the colon
  • To take a biopsy to examine or look for the presence of the disease.
  • To treat digestive Tract problems.

What to Expect from the Procedure?

Gut Preparation: The doctor will examine the upper digestive tract (upper endoscopy or ERCP), and so you may be asked to fast for 6-8 hours prior to the procedure. If the doctor needs to examine the colon, then it must be cleared of stool. On the day of the procedure, a laxative or group of laxatives are given by the doctor.

Sedation: A sedative is provided for most of the examinations with an endoscope. This will help the patient to be more comfortable. The sedative is given via an injection into the vein. It also helps with relaxation and light sleep. The patient would not have any recollections of the procedure, and when the patients wake up, the effect of the medicines will wean off the next day.

We give general anesthesia only in very special circumstances (in young children and when very difficult procedures are planned).

Are there Risks from the Procedure?

Overall, endoscopy is very safe; however, the procedure may have a few potential complications, which may include:

  • Perforation (resulting in a tear in the gut wall)
  • Reaction to sedation
  • Infection
  • Bleeding

 Pancreatitis as a result of ERCP



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