What is an endoscopy used for?

An endoscopy is a medical procedure that uses an endoscope (a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end) to examine the inside of the body. Endoscopies can be used to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers, bleeding, and polyps in the esophagus, stomach, and intestines
  • Lung problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Urinary tract issues such as bladder cancer and kidney stones
  • Sinus problems such as chronic sinusitis
  • Gynecological issues such as abnormal bleeding and polyps in the uterus.
  • Endoscopy can also be used to take biopsies, remove polyps, and perform other treatments.

Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure and is often performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient can go home the same day. Recovery time is usually short and patients can resume normal activities soon after the procedure.

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