What is a flexible endoscope and how does it work?

What is a flexible endoscope and how does it work?

A flexible endoscope is like a Swiss Army knife that is brilliantly designed into a compact device that includes a suction channel, light and image guides, irrigation channels, and biopsy channels capable of passing instruments through. The first major component within a flexible endoscope is the control body.

What is difference between gastroscopy or endoscopy?

An endoscopy is a procedure where a special camera is used to inspect the gastrointestinal tract. A gastroscopy looks inside the beginning of the gastrointestinal tract. A gastroscopy is performed under a light general anaesthetic.

Where is flexible endoscopy used?

Flexible endoscopy is a reliable, minimally invasive technique used to diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pain, reflux, GERD, ulcers, gastritis, difficulty swallowing, digestive tract bleeding, changes in bowel habits and polyps.

Is gastroscopy worse than colonoscopy?

Analysis showed that discomfort scores were significantly higher in patients undergoing colonoscopy compared to gastroscopy (4.65 vs 2.90, p<0.001) and also when comparing flexible sigmoidoscopy to gastroscopy (4.10 vs 2.90, p=0.047).

Is there an alternative to an endoscopy?

The most common alternative to endoscopy is an upper GI x-ray examination using a barium swallow. This procedure does not allow for biopsy or removal of tissue and is not able to identify flat lesions; if abnormalities are detected with the upper GI x-ray examination, an endoscopy will be required.

Can an ENT perform an endoscopy?

Nasal endoscopy is a procedure to look at the nasal and sinus passages. It’s done with an endoscope. This is a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and a light. An ear, nose, and throat doctor (otolaryngologist) will often do this procedure in his or her office.


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