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What is an Endoscopy?

Advanced techniques and technology now allow doctors to look for problems and even perform some procedures using only a small tube. Doctors often use endoscopy to diagnose medical problems. You may have experienced an endoscopy if you have had a colonoscopy or upper GI tract screening. 

What is an Endoscopy? 

Endoscopy uses a small tube that your doctor can use to examine areas such as your upper and lower digestive tract, inside your abdomen, bladder, or lungs. Doctors can use it to locate a wide range of internal issues. Endoscopy also allows your provider to take a biopsy (a small tissue sample) of anything they find. Cochise Oncology often uses endoscopy to locate and biopsy potential tumors or other issues. These biopsies let us design a customized treatment plan for the tumor’s unique characteristics. 

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What is an Endoscopy Used For?

Your doctor may order an endoscopy for a variety of reasons. Endoscopy is often performed to look at the inside of the GI tract. A colonoscopy visualizes the inside of the colon to look for cancer or precancerous polyps. Endoscopy can also examine the esophagus, stomach, and upper GI system. Laparoscopy uses a tiny incision to let the camera view the inside of the abdominal cavity and many of your internal organs. 

How is an Endoscopy Performed?

You may receive anesthesia or sedation for your endoscopy. If you have a procedure like a colonoscopy, your doctor will provide sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed. The endoscopy tube can enter through your mouth, anus, other body openings, or a small incision. The camera can move around to examine the area. If it spots anything concerning, your doctor can insert a small tool to take a biopsy sample


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How Do You Prepare for an Endoscopy?

If you have an endoscopy on your GI tract, your doctor may instruct you to fast for twelve hours or more before your appointment. You may also receive a drink that will clear your digestive system. Your doctor may give you other instructions based on the type of endoscopy. If you have any concerns before the procedure, contact your doctor for help. Following instructions will help make your endoscopy a success. 

What Happens After an Endoscopy?

Minor side effects after an endoscopy may include a sore throat or feeling bloated. Your doctor will let you know what to expect. Most side effects disappear within a few days at most. You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure due to your sedation, and you should not drive for the rest of the day. 


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