You don’t have to be nervous about getting an Endoscopy.

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Find out what to expect before you go to your Endoscopy appointment.

Some people might find the idea of endoscopy terrifying, but the truth is that it is a quick and straightforward procedure that can be very helpful in the treatment of your gastric symptoms.

What is an Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure performed by a gastroenterologist. The upper endoscopy procedure is done using a long flexible tube with a camera attached to its tip, called endoscope. The endoscope is inserted into your mouth, through your esophagus, finally reaching your stomach.

What are Endoscopies used for?

Through an endoscopy, your doctor will be able to see the internal lining of your esophagus and stomach in real time. They will look for some alterations such as ulcers and inflammation. Endoscopy is a procedure commonly used for the diagnosis of peptic ulcers and gastritis. You are likely to be requested an endoscopy if you have a history of chronic stomach pain and other symptoms of gastritis. 

During the procedure, your doctor can also perform a biopsy, collecting a sample of tissue from the stomach lining. A biopsy is usually required to determine the presence of bacteria that can cause chronic gastritis, or to identify other abnormalities.

What are the risks of Endoscopy?

Endoscopies are very commonly used as a diagnosis tool. They are minimally invasive and very safe. The most common complications are bleeding, and perforation, but those are still very rare.

How should I prepare for an Endoscopy?

The preparation for endoscopy is relatively simple, and it only requires from 6 to 8 hours of fasting. You will also be requested by your doctor to provide a history of medication use because some types of medications can increase the risk of bleeding.

Are Endoscopies painful?

Endoscopies are not painful, so you don’t have to be nervous or scared of the procedure. You will be sedated, so you won’t feel any pain or have any recollections of the process. 

What happens after the procedure? How long will it take for me to recover?

After the procedure, you will be put in observation from a few minutes to about an hour, just to make sure everything is fine. The effects of the sedation will slowly wear off, but it is recommended that you don’t drive until at least 24 hours after the procedure. Since there are no cuts or incisions, the recovery is quick, and you will be back to normal as soon as all the sedatives are out of your system.

You shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort after the procedure is done and the sedation has worn off completely.

If you are anxious about getting an endoscopy done, it’s advisable that you see a doctor that can explain the procedure step by step, and give you some reassurance. It is essential that your doctor and the team of professionals can provide you with enough information and support, so you can have a simple and care-free procedure.

Alternatively, if you still have any questions or enquiries about endoscopy, you can contact our team here.

Colonoscopies are common and safe procedures.
Here is what you need to know about the prep, the procedure and the aftercare.

Concerned about your colonoscopy?

Here is what you need to know about the prep, the procedure and the aftercare.

What is colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is a medical procedure that allows the gastroenterologist to examine the inside walls of your large intestine. The colonoscope is a long tube with a small camera attached to its end. That tube is inserted slowly by the anus until the last part of the colon, allowing the doctor to observe the bowel in its entirety. The procedure can last from 15 to 60 minutes.

During the procedure, the doctor can request the collection of tissue samples, or biopsies, for further investigation.

Why would my doctor recommend a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopies can be used to investigate symptoms of bowel dysfunctions such as ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases, and also to determine the presence of small tissue growths known as polyps.

How should I prepare for a colonoscopy?

For the success of a colonoscopy, it is essential that there are no contents inside your intestine because it facilitates the visualization of its lining. Therefore, it’s very likely that your doctor will recommend diet restrictions like fasting for a certain amount of time or avoiding solid foods for a few days before the procedure. 

You will be required to perform enemas to make sure to eliminate any residues from your bowel, and you may be asked to ingest laxatives. Naturally, your specialist will guide you step by step to make sure you perform a proper preparation, guaranteeing a successful examination.

How painful is the procedure?

For most people, the main concern surrounding colonoscopies is how much pain and discomfort they are going to endure during the procedure. Good news is that it’s not as bad as it sounds.

You will receive mild sedation, so you will probably feel relaxed and comfortable. It is normal that you feel bloated during or even after the procedure, but that sensation will go away without the need for any intervention.

Are there any risks?

Colonoscopies are common and safe procedures. There is a small risk of bleeding and if you are taking any blood thinning medications, your doctor may evaluate your case and advise you accordingly.

What do I need to do after the procedure?

After the procedure, there might be slight discomfort or bloating that will lessen over time. There should not be any pain, and you will be allowed to get back to your regular diet right after the procedure.

Since you will be sedated for the procedure, we advise you to have someone with you that could get you home safely after the procedure is done.

Since preparation plays a significant role in the success of the colonoscopy procedure, it’s crucial that you have a specialist that you can trust and a team of health professionals you can contact in case any concerns or doubts arise. 

We have an attentive and experienced team of professionals that will guide you through the procedure and will be ready to address your main concerns.

Contact us here for any enquiries..