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Upper & Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

At Sri Ramakrishna Speciality Hospital in Trichy, we offer a range of advanced medical procedures, including upper endoscopy. This minimally invasive procedure allows our physicians to examine the upper digestive system using a thin, flexible instrument called an endoscope. Here’s what you need to know about the procedure:

How is upper endoscopy done?

  • The physician uses an endoscope to visualize the inside of the upper digestive system and perform necessary treatments or interventions.
  • Abnormalities such as polyps can be identified and removed, and tissue samples can be taken for further analysis.
  • The procedure can also address issues like narrowing of the digestive system, removal of swallowed objects, and treatment of bleeding.
Upper Endoscopy

How is a Lower endoscopy done?

The procedure is performed using an endoscope, which is a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and a tiny video camera attached to the end. The camera transmits an image to a monitor. It is capable of detecting inflammation, infections, ulcers, diverticulosis, intestinal narrowing, colorectal polyps, cancer or other problems that may be present.

Lower Endoscopy

Preparation for the Endoscopy procedure:

  • Special conditions: Inform your physician if you are pregnant, have a lung or heart condition, or are allergic to any medications.
  • Medications: If you take blood-thinning medications, your physician may advise you to stop them before the procedure. Discuss this with your physician in advance.
  • Diabetes management: If you have diabetes and use insulin, your physician will help you adjust the dosage on the day of the test. Remember to bring your diabetes medication with you.

Before the procedure:

  • Fasting: You must have an empty stomach for at least 8 hours prior to the procedure. Clear liquids are allowed up until 4 hours before.
  • Transportation: Arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you home, as the sedation used during the procedure may cause drowsiness and impair your judgment.

During the procedure:

  • Explanation and preparation: The physician will explain the procedure, potential complications, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Anesthesia: A local anesthetic may be applied to the back of your throat for comfort, and you will receive pain relievers and sedatives intravenously to help you relax.
  • Placement and positioning: You will lie on your left side, and the endoscope will be inserted through your mouth, esophagus, and into your stomach.
  • Duration: The procedure typically lasts between 15 to 20 minutes.

After the procedure:

  • Recovery: You will spend about 30 minutes in a recovery room for observation.
  • Temporary discomfort: You may experience mild throat soreness, which can be alleviated with lozenges.
  • Test results: The physician will send the results to your primary or referring physician, who will discuss them with you.
  • Post-procedure care: It is crucial to have a responsible adult accompany you home. Avoid driving or operating machinery for at least 8 hours.
  • Contact your doctor: If you experience severe abdominal pain, continuous cough, fever, chills, chest pain, nausea, or vomiting within 72 hours after the procedure, please contact your doctor.

At Sri Ramakrishna Speciality Hospital, our expert medical team, including skilled endoscopy physicians, is dedicated to providing exceptional care during the upper endoscopy procedure. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or for any further inquiries.