Endoscopy in Sharjah
What is Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure that is used to examine the insides of the body such as the digestive tract, respiratory tract, the urinary tract, and other internal organs. An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and a camera attached to it, that can be used to view the insides of the body on a screen in real-time. The endoscope can be entered through the mouth, the anus, or through an incision made in the skin surgically.
An endoscopy is performed to investigate symptoms, to confirm a diagnosis, or to perform certain therapeutic procedures. The procedure usually takes 15- 60 minutes to complete.
Advantages Of Endoscopy Over Other Procedures?
Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure. Therefore complications of surgery such as the time required for healing the surgical wound, increased risk of infection, risks of general anesthesia, and cost are minimum.
Why Is An Endoscopy Performed?
An endoscopy is used to
- Investigate symptoms
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Abdominal pain
- Frequent and recurring diarrhoea
- Unintentional weight loss
- Recurrent heartburn or indigestion
- Bloody stools
- Obtain Biopsies
- Biopsies are samples of tissue that are retrieved from various parts of the body to be observed under a microscope to diagnose cancers and other tissue pathologies.
- Therapeutic Endoscopy
- Strictures in the GI tract.
- Adhesions in parts of the body such as reproductive, gastrointestinal tracts.
- Cystectomies such as in the case of polycystic ovarian disease.
- Removing polyps
Preparation For Endoscopy
- Fasting – Fasting for 6-8 hours before upper endoscopy is done to clear the upper gastrointestinal tract. Fasting is also recommended before Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography – ERCP.
- Laxatives – Laxatives are given to clear the lower gastrointestinal tract before colonoscopy.
- Sedation – A sedative is provided to ensure comfort to the patient during the procedure.
- General Anesthesia – General Anesthesia is given in special instances such as during the endoscopy of a child which might be difficult to control.
- Cessation of Warfarin therapy – blood thinners such as warfarin and clopidogrel are stopped before the procedure to avoid unnecessary bleeding.
What Do You Feel During The Endoscopy
Endoscopy is performed under local anaesthesia and sedation. Therefore, the pain felt by the patient is minimum. However, mild discomfort can be felt similar to indigestion. The procedure takes 15-60 minutes depending on the type. The patient is allowed to go home the same day.
Side effects and Complications Of The Endoscopy
Endoscopy is a safe procedure and the risks of complications are low. However rare complications of Endoscopy include:
- Puncture of the Gastrointestinal tract
- Anaesthetic complications
These complications can present as
- Pain – usually of the chest or abdomen.
- Difficulty in breathing
- Bloody stools
- Difficulty in swallowing or eating
What Is The Fee Of A Therapeutic Endoscopy Specialist at Al Saha Al Shifa Hospital?