0If you are suffering from constant pain in the stomach, upper digestive system, then doctors may suggest an endoscopy to you to figure out the problem behind these symptoms. Endoscopy is a procedure in which a flexible tube is attached to a camera to view the intestines and digestive tract from the inside. Apart from the digestive tract, it can be used to diagnose ailments affecting the oesophagus, nasal cavity and small intestine
Endoscopy is a nearly painless procedure wherein the patient is given a local anaesthetic, primarily at the point of entry. The endoscopy ent equipment, the tube with the camera is passed through the mouth and to the intestine or the nasal cavity as the case may be. The doctor can then view the pictures on a colour screen to diagnose and therefore take appropriate steps. There are very few risks involved in the endoscopy process since it is not invasive but a few complications that may arise from endoscopy. These may include perforation in the gut wall, infection, bleeding etc.
Recovering from endoscopy
Endoscopy is a short procedure and typically takes between 10 to 30 minutes depending upon the type. Recovery time post the procedure requires another 30-40 minutes post which the patient can be discharged. In all, a total of an hour at the most and you are allowed to take rest before you can resume normal activity. Typically, patients are advised not to do any heavy lifting, driving or any such activity which requires focus since patients are sedated to perform the procedure. In cases where patients are not sedated such as in cases of upper endoscopy, one may be allowed to drive a few hours after the procedure. Post-procedure symptoms or side effects may sometimes include nausea, vomiting, indigestion and anaemia for some patients.