Endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of the body is examined by use of a device called an endoscope, or scope for short. Endoscopes are either flexible to bend around corners, or are rigid and straight. Endoscopes are available in a variety of lengths with our longest flexible endoscope being 140 centimeters and our shortest rigid endoscope being 8 centimeters.
Two of our flexible endoscopes
The specific endoscope used for a procedure depends of the part of the body being examined. Endoscopes have a tiny camera at their tip that transmits images to a video monitor that is viewed during the procedure. These images show highly magnified details of the organ being examined. The main benefit of endoscopy is that internal organs can be examined and biopsied in a minimally invasive way avoiding surgery.
Performing an endoscopic procedure
All patients must be under general anesthesia for an endoscopic procedure.