Endoscopy procedures are investigations involving the passage of specialized viewing instruments/probes. For gastrointestinal endoscopy, the viewing instrument is passed through the mouth and down the intestines or through the anus and upwards to the intestines.
This procedure aims at viewing the interior aspect of the stomach, small intestine and large intestine to confirm diagnosis of conditions such as ulcers, erosions, bleedings and cancers. It is usually recommended for people with chronic or worsening gastrointestinal symptoms such as rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing and abdominal pain.
AADIS endoscopy include;
- Upper Gastrointestinal Tract (G.I) Endoscopy - Commonly done in cases of exacerbation of gastric ulcers, and duodenal ulcers , gastritis or suspected malignancy. This type of endoscopy is aimed at viewing the stomach and part of the small intestine.
In cases of suspected malignancy, tissues samples can be taken for histology.
Specific nomenclature such as gastroscopy are types of upper G.I endoscopy.
- Lower Gastrointestinal Tract (G.I) Endoscopy - Lower G.I Endoscopy views the large intestine and the remainder of the small intestine not seen in an upper G.I endoscopy. This investigation is essentially used to diagnose tumours of the large intestine and other diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases.
Other nomenclature such as Colonoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy, Proctoscopy are all types of lower G.I endoscopy.
AADIS Endoscopy procedures are done by booking and pre-procedure preparations are advised accordingly.