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Digestive Endoscopy: types and benefits

Endoscopy or Gastroscopy is one of the most reliable means of detecting diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, as it shows how the internal tissues look, without surgery and with minimal risk. Here's more about this procedure.

What is a digestive endoscopy?

Gastroenteroscopy is a medical procedure that allows the doctor to examine the inside of the digestive tract, using thin and flexible tube with a camera and a light source at its end, either through the rectum or through the mouth, in order to provide a clear picture of the inner parts of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, colon, pancreas, bileducts, with the aim of evaluating, diagnosing and treating their problems.

Benefits and importance of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Here are some of the main benefits of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy:

  • Diagnosis of diseases and medical conditions
  • Monitoring and monitoring of chronic conditions
  • Treatment of some conditions
  • Biopsy
  • Relieve symptoms
  • Early detection

Watch: Dr. Hani Jawa, a gastroenterologist, talks about the endoscopy unit at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Center.

Types of digestive endoscopy

There are several types of digestive endoscopy, we can summarize the most important types of digestive endoscopy in the following:

  • Upper Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • CapsuleEndoscopy
  • Balloon Enteroscopy
  • Power Spiral Enteroscopy
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography of the pancreas and bile ducts (ERCP)
  • Esophageal Examination PH manometry

Diseases revealed by gastroenteroscopy

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is used to detect and diagnose a wide range of gastrointestinal diseases, including but not limited to:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).
  • Inflammation of the esophagus.
  • Stomach ulcer.
  • H. pylori of the stomach.
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases,such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Tumors and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, such as: stomach and colon cancer.
  • Sources of gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • Swallowing problems.
  • Barrett's esophagus.
  • Diaphragmatic hernia.

Watch: Tababa program on Alfa Alf Radio: Dr. Mohamed Hegazi, a gastroenterologist, hepatologist, and endoscopist, talks about the endoscopy unit at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Center.

Does a digestive endoscopy need anesthesia?

General anesthesia is usually not required,but patients undergoing gastroscopy and colonoscopy can be anesthetized topically with a transoral spray or intravenous sedative to help them relax and feel more comfortable during the procedure.

Side effects of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

After the procedure, you may experience some temporary side effects, such as: sore throat, hoarseness and cough,bloating, nausea, but these symptoms usually disappear quickly within a few days.

Watch: Fakeeh Podcast: Dr. Salem Bazarah, a gastroenterologist, hepatologist, and endoscopist, talks about endoscopy technology and its use in treating intractable diseases.

Is Gastroenteroscopy safe?

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is generally considered safe when performed by trained and experienced medical professionals in appropriate healthcare settings, however, like any medical procedure, it carries some potential risks and considerations, such as: bleeding, infection,allergic reactions, but they are still relatively low, and the benefits of the procedure often outweigh the potential risks.

Does Gastroenteroscopy need an overnight stay in the hospital?

No, most patients undergo gastrointestinal endoscopy as day cases, and are in the hospital only for a few hours at most,and only in more complicated cases will patients need to stay in the hospital longer for observation, or for further treatment.

Book your appointment today at the endoscopy unit at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, The unit offers diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures with the help of a distinguished medical team and advanced technologies.

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