Endoscopy, (sometimes referred to as a Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy or Flexible Sigmoidoscopy), is the general term used for a variety of non-surgical procedures used to examine internal parts of the body. This procedure enables your consultant to identify problems in your gastrointestinal tract and, in some circumstances treat them, without surgery.
The endoscopy procedure allows your surgeon to look at the inside of your body, examined using an instrument called an endoscope. An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light source and camera at one end. Images of the inside of your body are relayed to a television screen.
Who is eligible for Endoscopy?
- Those who have been seen by a doctor/specialist and have been referred for an endoscopy examination
- People experiencing dyspepsia (upper abdominal pain or discomfort) that is not responding to conventional therapy
- Those with a recent diagnosis of iron deficiency anaemia waiting for GI endoscopy
- Patients who need ongoing monitoring for pre-existing conditions such as Barrett’s oesophagus, stomach or oesophageal ulcers
How do book for Endoscopy?
Contact us using our simple online enquiry form and we will contact you to arrange a suitable appointment.
Please refer to our contraindications to ensure you fit the criteria for this service. We may need to contact you, or your doctor, for additional information.
Contraindications for Endoscopy:
Endoscopy is not suitable for the following groups:
- Patients with bleeding disorders
- Patients taking blood thinning medications – warfarin, clopidogrel, dabigatran
- Patients who have experienced previous problems with sedation or anaesthesia
- Those with active GI bleeding, or whose conditions are unstable
- Patients with heart or chest conditions
Please contact us if you are unsure about your eligibility and we will advise you.
What happens after my Endoscopy?
Following your endoscopy Mr Agwunobi will visit you and explain the findings. We will also send a report to your GP or referring specialist within 24-48 hours, along with any management recommendations.
If a tissue sample was taken during the endoscopy it will normally take around 5- 7 days to receive the results. We will forward these to your referring clinician, who will discuss the findings with you and advise if any further action is required.
General information regarding Endoscopy:
- You may be in hospital for around 4 – 6 hours on the day of your endoscopy
- Please arrange for someone to pick you up afterwards, if you are going to have sedation, as you will not be able to drive yourself home
- Arrange to have the rest of the day off work to recuperate at home
- This service is currently available to insured and self-funding patients only
- Additional charges will apply if you need to come back for a follow up consultation
- Occasionally an unexpected finding, such as a narrowing (stricture) requiring dilatation, or an incomplete procedure, may necessitate a further appointment.