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What is an Endoscopy?

An endoscopy procedure is used to examine all parts of the digestive system. We use modern, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to guarantee the best outcomes for patients and to diagnose problems with the digestive system.

BCHS provides these endoscopic tests:

    1. Gastroscopy
      This procedure is done using the endoscopy instrument to view or examine the oesophagus (gullet), stomach or the first part of the small intestine.
    2. Colonoscopy
      This is a procedure done when the bowel needs to be examined using the endoscope.
    3. Combined procedure (Upper & Lower)
      The combination of both gastroscopy and colonoscopy to investigate symptoms such as diarrhoea and weight loss or conditions such as anaemia.

When Is Endoscopy Needed?

  • To investigate unusual symptoms such as:
    • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
    • Persistent abdominal pain
    • Chest pain that isn’t caused by heart-related conditions
    • Persistent nausea and vomiting
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Vomiting blood
    • Persistent diarrhea
    • Blood in stool
  • To perform certain types of surgery
  • To remove a small sample of tissue for further analysis
Endoscopy usually takes between 15 minutes to about 1-hour depending on what part of the body is being examined.

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What Happens During An Endoscopy?

  • Depending on what part of the body is to be examined, you may be asked to avoid eating and drinking beforehand.
  • You may be given a laxative to help clear stools from your bowels if you are having a colonoscopy to examine the large intestine or a sigmoidoscopy to examine the rectum and lower part of the bowel.
  • You may also be given antibiotics to reduce the risk of an infection

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