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Endoscopy Makes Medicine Easier

Aug 17, 2007
If your doctor's recommended a procedure that involves endoscopy, you probably have lots of questions. Since you're likely not feeling well, the prospect of even this minimally invasive procedure can be scary. But, don't worry, endoscopy is one of the quickest and most effective ways to tackle a number of problems by diagnosing them effectively.

But what is endoscopy? And, why should someone consider this procedure?

Endoscopy is a surgical procedure that's about as minimally invasive as it can get. The procedure typically is used for diagnosis, but it can also be used in conjunction with an actual repair operation, such as a gallbladder removal.

In endoscopy, a thin, lighted tube with a camera is used to explore different parts of the body. The camera enables a doctor to immediately see if there is a problem and the endoscopy equipment can also be used to perform biopsies, as well. Generally, what the endoscopy camera lets a doctor see are lesions on intestinal walls, in the stomach and so on. Since lesions don't show up in other diagnostic procedures, endoscopy can be a real life saver.

Depending on the area in which the inspection is needed, an endoscopy procedure can involve the insertion through a natural opening, such as the mouth, so there's no need for cutting and stitching. This is not always the case, but even when an incision is needed, it's generally very small. This means the person who undergoes the procedure generally has a very fast recovery time.

Endoscopy is a feasible diagnosis tool for a number of different conditions and for different parts of the body. The top reasons to consider endoscopy over other types of diagnosis procedures include:

* Speed. An endoscopic procedure generally provides instant or near to it answers to diagnostic questions. If a biopsy is needed, it can typically be done at the same time to speed up the search for answers.
* Less invasive. While the endoscopy procedure does involve entry into the body, it doesn't generally require a big incision or lots of down time.
* Short recovery period. Since an endoscopy only involves a small incision or even the use of a natural opening in the body, the recovery time from the procedure is little to none.
* Accuracy. Since endoscopy allows a doctor to actually 'see' a problem, there's less chance for a mix up or a problem with diagnosis.

One of the best things about endoscopy is the fact it can be effective in a number of different cases. Some of the most common areas endoscopy is used include:

* Esophagus
* Stomach
* Small intestine
* Colon
* The urinary tract
* The sinus area
* Fallopian tubes
* Abdominal cavity

Endoscopy is one of the most effective ways to get answers and get them right away. If you have a problem that requires an endoscopy procedure to assist with diagnosis, relax and let the doctors do their job. The procedure itself is generally nothing more than a little uncomfortable and the speed with which answers can be had can help put you on the road to recover much more quickly.
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