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What is an Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to diagnose and treat problems in the upper gastrointestinal (UGI) tract.
How is an endoscopy performed?
To perform the procedure, after your child is asleep (by sedation or general anesthesia) the doctor uses a long, flexible, lighted tube called an endoscope. The endoscope is guided through the patient’s mouth and throat, then through the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). The physician can examine the inside of these organs and detect abnormalities.
In addition to performing visual examination of the UGI tract with the endoscope, the doctor can insert instruments through the endoscope to get tissue samples for a biopsy, remove foreign objects, instill air or fluid, stop bleeding or perform therapeutic procedures, such as endoscopic surgery, laser therapy or dilatation (opening up). A video camera in the endoscope provides images onto a TV-like monitor.
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All treatments are administered in a quiet setting with comfy reclining chairs. We provide beverage and snack as well as blankets and pillows.