An endoscopy is a (relatively) minimally invasive process—non surgical—to examine the digestive tract. A bendable tube called an endoscope is inserted in one of two areas to view the digestive tract through a monitor. In an upper endoscopy, the tube is passed through the mouth and the throat, allowing a view into the northern region of the digestive tract—the esophagus, stomach and higher portion of the small intestine. In a colonoscopy (sometimes synonymous with sigmoidoscopy), the endoscope reaches through the rectum to examine the large intestine. In special cases, the pancreas and gallbladder can also be observed, but this would require a more complex procedure.

There are a few reasons to have an endoscopy. Generally, a doctor will examine these particular parts of the body due to consideration of infections, damage or cancer. In certain cases, an endoscopic biopsy will be necessary; this requires forceps that would acquire a tissue sample, which would then be provided to a lab for testing. Prior to an endoscopy, a doctor will have gone through various blood tests to accurately understand a need for said procedure.

Preparation preempting an endoscopy would be (generally) a half-day fast. Additionally, certain doctors may suggest an enema or laxative for the night prior, in order to clear out the bowels. Before the actual endoscopy, doctors will engage in a physical examination, to make sure the patient is able to go through the procedure. It is also useful to consider having a designated driver post-process in the case of prolonged effects from the anesthesia.

There are certain side effects of an endoscopy, but most of the following are rare: chest pain, organ damage, persisting pain in areas involved in the endoscopy, and swelling and redness in the vicinity of the incision. There are also more likely side effects, such as dark stool, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing—either way, a doctor should be consulted if any side effect were to occur.

Immediately after the procedure, the doctor will close the wound caused by the incision and bandage the area. He/she will provide instructions to care for the wound. Sometimes the procedure may leave a patient with slight discomfort, but generally that’s nothing of concern.

For a quality endoscopy, it’s important to have quality products. Refurbished endoscopy equipment and used endoscopes that are a fraction of the price but exactly the same in quality to new equipment are available at M.D. Endoscopy, Inc.

M.D. Endoscopy

As the industry leader of pre-owned, refurbished and used endoscopy equipment, M.D. Endoscopy, Inc. offers one of the largest inventories of endoscopes in the world. We offer products from all major manufacturers including but not limited to Olympus, Pentax and Fujinon with the only and most comprehensive 24-month warranty in the industry.

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