Endoscopic Procedures

 
OGD/Gastroscopy, enteroscopy:
This involves a small flexible tube with a light source and camera (endoscope) being placed through the mouth (usually under sedation) to assess the oesophagus, stomach and small bowel. It takes around 10 minutes, but may be longer if additional procedures are undertaken. These might include taking tissue samples (biopsies) treatment for bleeding, blockages (stenting) or removing early cancer. For a full information leaflet please download the following file. read more
Colonoscopy:
This involves a flexible tube with a light source and camera (colonoscope) being placed through the anus to inspect the large bowel (Colon) and occasionally the junction of the large and small bowel. It usually takes 20 to 40 minutes and is undertaken with analgesia and sedation. This procedure also involves dietary modification for 1 to 2 days, in addition to laxatives the day before - and sometimes the morning of the procedure. If polyps are located they are usually removed immediately. For a full information leaflet please download the following file. read more
Flexible sigmoidoscopy:
This involves a flexible tube with a light source and camera (colonoscope) being placed through the anus into the large bowel (Colon). The colonoscope is only inserted to the first part of the colon called the sigmoid colon. It takes around 10 minutes and only requires an enema for preparation. For a full information leaflet please download the following file. read more
Endoscopic Ultrasound:
This involves a flexible tube with a light, camera and ultrasound probe being placed (under sedation) through the mouth. It's designed to assess the area within or around the chest, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, bile ducts and small bowel. Taking tissue samples (biopsies) along with assessments of abnormal masses/cancer and the draining of fluid collections can also be undertaken using this technique. For a full information leaflet please download the following file.
ERCP:
This stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography and involves using a special flexible camera with a light source being placed through the mouth under sedation to assess the area within the bile ducts and pancreas. Taking tissue samples (biopsies) along with the treatment of gallstones within the bile duct, drainage of cancer or non cancer-related blockages (using stenting) can also be undertaken using this technique. For a full information leaflet please download the following file.
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