Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope (a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it) the doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a colour TV monitor.
During an upper endoscopy, an endoscope is easily passed through the mouth and throat and into the esophagus allowing the doctor to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine.
Endoscopes can be passed into the colon (large intestine) through the rectum to examine that area of the intestine. This procedure is known as Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy depending on how far the colon is examined.
A special form of endoscopy called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography or ERCP, which allows taking pictures of the pancreas, gallbladders, and related structures. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) combines upper endoscopy and ultrasound examination to obtain images and information about various parts of the digestive tract.
Why do I need an Endoscopy?
You will be prescribed for an endoscopy for assessment of:
Ulcers, Gastritis, or difficulty swallowing
Digestive tract bleeding
Changes in bowel habits (Chronic constipation or diarrhea)
Polyps or growths in the colon
The doctor may use an endoscope to take a biopsy (removal of tissue) to look for the presence of disease. Besides these reasons, endoscopy may also be used to treat digestive tract problems. As for example, the endoscope might not only detect active bleeding from an ulcer, but devices can be passed through the endoscope which can stop the bleeding. In the colon, polyps can be removed through the scope to prevent the development of colon cancer. Using ERCP, gallstone that have passed outside the gallbladder and into the bile duct can be removed.
Who performs the Endoscopy procedure?
Endoscopy procedures are usually performed by Gastroenterologist (Gastroenterology Specialist). Other specialists like gastrointestinal surgeons can also perform such procedures.
How do I prepare for Endoscopy?
Gut Preparation: Examining the upper digestive tract (Upper endoscopy or ERCP) requires nothing more than fasting for 6-8 hours prior to the procedure. To examine the colon, it must be cleared of stool. Therefore, a laxative or group of laxatives is given on the day before the procedure.
Sedation:For most examinations with an endoscope, a sedative is provided. This increases the comfort of the individual undergoing the examination. The sedative, which is administered via an injection into the vein, produces relaxation and light sleep.
What is the cost of Endoscopy?
The cost of endoscopy varies from one centre to another. Desun Hospital in Kolkata, India provides the best service at a cost which is much lower than other centres.
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Why Patients like DESUN?
Rated as one of India’s best hospitals
a) For excellence in quality of medical treatment and hospital services DESUN is the youngest hospital in India to get the prestigious National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) accreditation from Government of India. World over NABH is considered equivalent to JCAHO (Joint Commission for American Healthcare Organizations) or JCI (Joint Commission International) - the standards followed in US for hospital accreditation. Of more than 1000 hospitals in India who have applied for NABH even after 6 years not even 100 hospitals have been able to achieve the high quality standard required to get NABH accreditation. In the lead story of November 2011 issue of National News Magazine THE WEEK “India’s Best Hospitals” were covered based on an All India Survey. DESUN Hospital was included in this prestigious list of “India’s Best Hospitals”.
For excellence in quality of routine and Superspecialty pathology testing DESUN Pathology lab has also received the prestigious accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL). In Eastern India only DESUN pathology lab has in-house facilities to perform superspecialty pathology tests like PCR, Flow Cytometry, etc. This benefits DESUN’s patients tremendously and there is practically no waiting time for getting test results when compared to other hospitals in Kolkata who have to send these tests to Mumbai or Delhi and wait for 3 / 4 days for get test results. Thus there is no delay in diagnosis and therefore, prompt and accurate treatment for DESUN’s patients.
Ranked on Top by both West Bengal and Central Government
There are only 7 hospitals in West Bengal considered by West Bengal Government as “Class 1 Hospital Service Providers” under the West Bengal Health Scheme – WBHS. DESUN is the first name in this list.
There are more than 100 hospitals in Eastern India empanelled by Central Government under Central Government Health Scheme – CGHS. Of these 100 only 2 hospitals have been able to qualify the high standards and have, therefore, been able to achieve the status of “Superspecialty Hospital” by CGHS. DESUN is one of the 2 Superspecialty hospitals categorized by CGHS.
Safest Hospital For Any Operation
2 of the major fears any surgeon has before any operation is that of OT infection and cardiac, heart complications during or after the operation. If OT infections occur or the patient develops cardiac problems even the best surgeon cannot help you. DESUN is the only hospital in Kolkata having STEEL OPERATION THEATERS (Steel OTs) which drastically reduces chances of OT infection. After the surgery the patient is under the best care of doctors and nurses in the post operative phase at DESUN. Also DESUN has the largest Heart Institute in Kolkata to handle any cardiac emergencies during or after the operation.
Specialist Doctors’ Round The Clock
With 28 medical departments having in-house specialist doctors any problem during your stay at DESUN can be handled by this specialist doctors’ team 24 hours. You may be admitted for a particular surgery but in the event there are some problems which a specialist needs doctor of another department it is available immediately in-house at DESUN. This facility is often not available at other renowned hospitals.