An endoscopy is a procedure that uses a slim, flexible, lighted scope called an endoscope to look inside your esophagus, stomach and the upper portion of your intestine (the duodenum) to look for signs of disease or medical issues that may be causing specific types of symptoms. It's commonly used to diagnose and evaluate ulcers, gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and changes to the esophagus that can be a precursor to esophageal cancer. The endoscope also features a tiny camera that transmits images to a monitor so they can be easily viewed. Some procedures can also be performed during endoscopy.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a long, flexible device called a colonoscope to look inside the large intestine, or colon, to check for signs of colon cancer and to look for and remove fleshy growths called polyps which can sometimes be a precursor to colon cancer. The colonoscope uses a tiny camera to view the colon and transmit images to a monitor for viewing. An insert gas is also pumped into the colon to help gently expand it so it can be viewed more easily.
The evening before your procedure, you'll need to take a special preparation to help empty your bowel completely so the lining of the bowel can be seen more clearly. During preparation, you'll need to have regular access to a toilet so you can empty your bowels as the need occurs. You'll receive a complete set of instructions in advance of your procedure so you know exactly what steps to take to prepare.
Yes, both endoscopy and colonoscopy are performed on an outpatient basis. You'll need someone to drive you home since both procedures are performed under sedation.
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