Used to see inside the body’s organs or hollow cavities, the gastrointestinal endoscopy helps doctors get a picture of the inside of the body in order to diagnose a condition. The small instrument, called an endoscope, is a flexible tube that usually includes a small scope at the end to take pictures and a cutting tool to remove tissue.
The endoscopy procedure involves inserting the small flexible tube into the mouth or the anus to examine the organs. While this concept is used to diagnose conditions throughout the body, the name of the procedure differs depending on which organs are being examined.
Florida Hospital physicians use endoscopies to diagnose and treat conditions from inner ear issues to stomach cancer. Before undergoing an endoscopy procedure, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions on how to prepare—including fasting—to avoid any complications and to make sure the endoscopy is successful.
Endoscopy Risks and Prognosis
For the vast majority of patients, endoscopy risks are extremely low. Complications are rare, so most patients have nothing to be concerned about.
Endoscopy procedures help diagnose patient’s symptoms. In some cases, the endoscope can include a cutting tool to help remove polyps or gallstones. Sometimes, bleeding is an endoscopy side effect of removing this tissue. This bleeding usually cleared up with antibiotics or IV fluids.
Other complications include pancreatitis if surgery creates trauma to the pancreas or bile duct. When treated quickly, this complication is quickly remedied.
While there are known endoscopy risks, they are rare and patients can expect a full recovery. If you are concerned about the risks of this procedure, simply speak with the Florida Hospital specialist during your appointment. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.