Endoscopy – Fourth level of diagnosis – OMG
During an upper endoscopy, an endoscope is easily passed through the mouth and throat and into the esophagus, allowing the doctor to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine.
Similarly, endoscopes can be passed into the large intestine (colon) through the rectum to examine this area of the intestine. This procedure is called sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy depending on how far up the colon is examined.
A special form of endoscopy called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography, or ERCP, allows pictures of the pancreas, gallbladder, and related structures to be taken. ERCP is also used for stent placement and biopsies.
Is Endoscopy Safe?
Overall, endoscopy is very safe; however, the procedure does have a few potential complications, which may include:
- Perforation (tear in the gut wall)
- Reaction to sedation
- Pancreatitis as a result of ERCP
Types of Endoscopy:
- Upper Endoscopy
There are many good reasons why people don’t chose to opt for this diagnosis procedure. But in certain situations it might be helpful but even that is very insignificant. We will let you decide.