Endoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting a long, thin tube into the body to conduct an internal health examination. Gastroenterologists perform endoscopies on an outpatient basis. Patients must fast for 8 hours prior and will be under sedation during the procedure. After the procedure, patients may have a sore throat or feel groggy and should avoid driving for 24 hours.
Endoscopy is helpful in investigating:
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Changes in bowel habits
- Stomach pain
- Abnormal Bleeding
If biopsies are taken during the endoscopy patients should expect to wait at least 48 hours for the results.
Another common type of endoscopic procedure is a colonoscopy. This procedure is vital in diagnosing colon of cancer in the early stages. Men with a family history of colon cancer should begin routine screenings at age 40.