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What is an endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a procedure used by medical specialists to diagnose conditions. During an endoscopy, your doctor passes a thin camera into your body through a natural opening, or sometimes through a small incision in your skin.

At The George Centre, all endoscopy procedures are performed under general anaesthetic in our dedicated endoscopy unit.

Why is endoscopy recommended?

An endoscopy allows your doctor to gain a direct view of your body’s internal organs. It gives the doctor an “inside look” as to the potential causes of gastrointestinal symptoms such as

  • Acid reflux
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anaemia
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Blood in the stool
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea

This allows them to provide an accurate diagnosis of your condition and recommend the most suitable treatment options. Endoscopy also offers the opportunity for the doctor to biopsy (collect tissue samples) to test for diseases and can also detect some cancers of the upper digestive system.

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What are the different types of endoscopy?

There are a number of different types of endoscopy, the most common being:

Gastroscopy

Also known as an upper endoscopy. During a gastroscopy procedure, the doctor inserts a tube with a tiny camera at the end into the mouth, down the oesophagus and into the stomach.

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the main test used in the investigation and diagnosis of bowel cancer. It involves the use of a tiny camera on the end of a long flexile tube. This enables the doctor to examine the entire length of the large bowel.

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What is the preparation for an endoscopy?

Prior to your admission, your doctor will ensure you are provided information about fasting and the preparation needed for your endoscopy as well as what to expect after the procedure.

How long does an endoscopy take?

The procedure itself takes between 15 – 45 minutes, but you will need to attend The George Centre approximately 2 hours prior to your scheduled procedure time for admission purposes.

Other important information

  • Wear comfortable loose clothing and flat shoes.
  • Do not bring valuables. Although every effort will be made to ensure their safety, The George Centre accepts no responsibility for the
    loss of valuables during your admission.
  • Arrange for someone to pick you up and stay with you for 24 hours.
  • One of our nursing team will contact your designated pick-up person by telephone and advise you are ready to be taken home.
  • Do not drive, operate machinery, or make important decisions for 24 hours after your endoscopy.
  • Do not drink alcohol within 24 hours of your endoscopy.

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