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Undergoing Endoscopy With Endoscopic Anesthesia

By John Anderson

Endoscopy is one of those medical procedures that do not involve surgeries. A gastroenterology specialist or surgeon examines the gastrointestinal organs looking for the probable cause of the ailment. They inject an Endoscopic Anesthesia before starting the Procedure.

Specialists have a medical tool they use during the procedure. It is a flexible and long tube with a tiny camera attached to its end. It enters through the mouth, then down the esophagus until reaching the intestines. They use this to examine the organs it passes as well as capture photos of any bleeding parts and abnormal growth.

An endoscopic ultrasound can also be used by them to do the imaging. This gives them additional photos and information about the digestive tract, as well as its surrounding organs and tissues. It combines the functions of ultrasound with endoscopy.

The patient will do the procedure for varying reasons. Severe stomach pain, ulcer and gastritis may be the cause of his medical procedure. It may be due to the occurrence of bleeding in the digestive tract. He may feel a significant change to his bowel movement from the constipation and diarrhea he experienced.

They do upper endoscopy when they want to inspect the upper digestive tract. They get the endoscope to reach the small intestine from the mouth. If during initial examination they found out that the patient is suffering pain from his colon, they will do colonoscopy. Here, they will enter the tool from the rectum until it gets to the large intestine.

In serious cases, his colon may have polyps growing in it. These are cancer causing tumors. These can be removed through the endoscope to prevent the probable development of colon cancer.

The equipment can also prevent the bleeding caused by ulcers. Through the tube, it can help the passage of medical devices in order to do so. The specialist may also remove tissues to do biopsy for any presence of other diseases. They use ERCP or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography to take tissues. The ERCP is one of the procedures in endoscopy which examines the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and biliary system.

Some complications may occur from this generally safe procedure. The patient may incur a reaction from sedation. He may have faster metabolism which may burn the effects of anesthesia quickly causing him to wake up earlier than planned. Though rare, he may be some of those people who are allergic to anesthesia which creates a risk in doing this and other medical surgeries. The walls of his gut and affected organs may tear leading to probable bleeding and infection. This is due to improper handling of the endoscope as specialists pushes it in and pulls it out of his body.

Specialists require the patient to do necessary preparations. This decreases the chances of incurring bleeding and other complications. Fasting should be done eight hours before the scheduled procedure. Clearing his bowels is important so no stool is present in the rectum, especially the intestines. Laxatives are prescribed to him the day before as insurance. It is possible that he is taking medications to maintain his health so he should inform his specialist about that. He may be taking blood thinning medicine such as aspirin which should be stopped for a while. It affects the platelets in helping blood clots.

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Undergoing Endoscopy With Endoscopic Anesthesia


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