Endoscopy: Is it Truly Safe?

Every day, hundreds of complicated surgeries are performed by professional surgeons in Singapore who have years of experience under their belt. Before recommending a surgical procedure to their patients, they first run a series of tests and use high tech diagnostic tools like an x-ray to further investigate the condition of their patients.

Needless to say, these tools are great, but there is a better one that is trending in the medical space. It is known as an endoscope.

An endoscope is a high-tech diagnostic instrument that allows surgeons to examine vital organs without making a large incision. Over the years, the instrument has been used to help doctors determine the cause of abnormal symptoms and to collect samples of tissues.

Despite the good that has been associated with this tool, a lot of people are unsure if it is safe or necessary. If you have your fair share of doubts about the tool or procedure, or you aren’t uncertain if it is for you, then you are going to benefit from this article, as it unveils the importance of and uses of endoscopies.

At Mark Wong Surgery, our specialist provides both gastroscopy and colonoscopy services. Our specialist and team will assist and guide you through the process, give clear explanations on why the endoscopy is necessary, the options available and what you can expect during the procedure. Read to find out more about what is offered.

This article by Hse explains why endoscopy is necessary.

Endoscopy

An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of your body is examined internally using an endoscope. An endoscopy is usually carried out while a person is awake. Before the procedure, a sedative (medication that has a calming effect) may be given to help the patient relax. Read more here.

Since you now understand why endoscopy is necessary, and why it should be done before a complicated surgery, you may also be interested in learning how the tool works and what to expect during and after the use of it. Read the next article carefully to find answers to some frequently asked questions about endoscopy.

The following article by Cancer.net sheds light on the various types of endoscopy and what to expect after any of them.

Types of Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to view the inside of a person’s body. Doctors use it to diagnose diseases in the following parts of the body:  Esophagus, Stomach, Colon, Ears, Nose, Throat, Heart, Urinary tract, joints, and abdomenRead more here.

Surely, you now know a few things about endoscopy, and why it is carried out before some major surgeries. You also now understand how it is performed and some risks and complications associated with the use of it, like infection, perforation, and an allergic reaction, just to name a few. Believe me, there is a whole lot more you don’t know about it. Read the next article to find out more.

This article by Tim Newman  unveils some puzzling things you probably didn’t know about endoscopy.

Endoscopy: What to know

Endoscopy is the insertion of a long, thin tube directly into the body to observe an internal organ or tissue in detail. It can also be used to carry out other tasks including imaging and minor surgery. Read more here.

You must be intrigued by some jaw-dropping facts about endoscopy that was discussed in the above article. You must be surprised to know that the first endoscope was designed in the early 1800s and has been used for 3 main reasons which are – treatment, investigation, and confirmation.

Final note

The obvious reason why endoscopy has been used for more than a hundred years is that it can provide the correct diagnosis. Thanks to scientific advancement, it can now be used to investigate everything from the digestive tract and urinary tract, ear and the reproductive system.

As you likely now know, some risk and complications like swelling, pain, redness, infection, perforation, and allergic reaction are associated with endoscopy. That being said, one thing you should keep in mind is that the benefits associated with the instrument far outweigh these risks.