Endoscopy and Colonoscopy
The colonoscopy is performed by a doctor experienced in the procedure and lasts approximately 30-60 minutes. Medications will be given into your vein to make you feel relaxed and drowsy. You will be asked to lie on your left side on the examining table. During a colonoscopy, the doctor uses a colonoscope, a long, flexible, tubular instrument about 1/2-inch in diameter that transmits an image of the lining of the colon so the doctor can examine it for any abnormalities. The colonoscope is inserted through the rectum and advanced to the other end of the large intestine.
- Investigate Symptoms
- Screen for Cancers
- Diagnose Gastrointestinal Diseases and Disorders
While the main purpose of a colonoscopy is to determine colon health, an upper endoscopy provides visibility into the upper portion of your digestive system.
An endoscopy is a procedure where organs inside your body are looked at using an instrument called an endoscope.
An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light and camera at one end. Images of the inside of your body are shown on a television screen.
An endoscopy can be used to:
- investigate unusual symptoms
- Help perform certain types of surgery