What Is Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a non-surgical method to examine and diagnose complications developed within internal organs. It helps surgeons in viewing inside the body through a flexible tube having a micro camera. The device used in the endoscopy procedure is known as an endoscope, which is injected directly into the organ to diagnose the root cause of medical complications. The procedure is exercised when doctors feel any possibility of growth of tissues or organs inside the body.

Types of Endoscopy

As per the American Cancer Society, there are some effective categories of endoscopy for different complications. They are:

  • Arthroscopy – It is applied to examine the complications developed in joints. Here, endoscope is injected through a small incision near the affected bones or joints.
  • Bronchoscopy – This method is applied to diagnose the complications developed in the lungs. The device is inserted inside through the nose or the mouth.
  • Colonoscopy – It is aimed at diagnosing colon conditions. The endoscope is pushed inside through the anal.
  • Cystoscopy – It is applied to examine the bladder with the insertion of endoscope through the urethra.
  • Hysteroscopy – The method is applied to diagnose the uterus, with the device pulled in through the vagina.
  • Laparoscopy – Applied to pelvic or belly area, with the endoscope injected through a small cut near the belly that is to be diagnosed.
  • Laryngoscopy – Applied to check voice box also known as larynx, with the device injected inside through the mouth.
  • Mediastinoscopy – It is used to examine the area near the lungs, with the device placed in through a small incision near the breast bone.
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy – It is used to analyze upper intestine system with the device pulled inside through the mouth.
  • Ureteroscopy – The procedure is used to study the ureter with scope injected through the urethra.

Inherent Risks of Endoscopy

As the endoscopy is a medical method to examine various organs in the body, it has some inherent risks as well. The feasible risks are as follows:

  • Pain near the area of endoscopy.
  • Fever.
  • Reddish spot and swelling near the incision area.
  • Vomiting.

Post Endoscopy

Many hospitals or medical centers relieve the patients on the same day with little wounds caused by incision during the procedure. The doctor instructs the patients for careful movement for some days. With some procedures like colonoscopy, patients go through some inconvenient experiences, but after some weeks, they turn fit and healthy to come back to their normal lifestyle.

At South Mississippi Surgeons, the experts and experienced doctors are well versed with advanced endoscopy procedures. With high-precision endoscopes and in-depth knowledge of the related procedures, the professionals at SMS ensure a perfect diagnosis of all the organs.