Endoscopy is considered to be a very safe procedure. You may have an upper endoscopy done in your doctor's office, an outpatient surgery center or a hospital. An upper endoscopy allows a doctor to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the intestine by passing and endoscope through the mouth and throat into the esophagus. When an endoscope is passed through the rectum and into the large intestine, the procedure is referred to as a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy depending on how far up the endoscope is passed. A special type of endoscopy is endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography, or ERCP. This allows pictures of the pancreas, gallbladder, and related areas to be taken. ERCP is also used for stent placement and biopsies. Endoscopic ultrasound or EUS combines upper endoscopy and ultrasound to examine various areas of the digestive tract.

Endoscopy is a procedure in which a thin, flexible tube, with a light and camera attached to it is used to directly view the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper small intestine). In the case that the procedure is performed on children, the intent is typically to help determine the cause of stomach pain, diarrhea, throwing up, or trouble growing.  It is also an effective means of removing foreign bodies in the case of accidental ingestion. The doctor may additionally choose to perform a biopsy, (take very small tissue samples) in some cases. These samples will then be sent to a pathology laboratory to be evaluated.

Endoscopy is the term used to describe the direct visiual inspection of any part of the interior of the body, by means of an optical viewing instrument referred to as an endoscope, introduced through a natural orifice or through a small surgical incision. Natural ports of entry are used for procedures such as viewing the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and colon. Artificial ports of entry are typically used in procedures such as laparoscopy (examination of the abdominal cavity or performance of minor abdominal surgery using a laparoscope) and arthroscopy (the use of an arthroscope to diagnose an injury to or disease of a joint or to perform minor surgery on a joint). Endoscopy encompasses many techniques and is performed for a large variety of reasons.

What is a nasal endoscopy?

Nasal endoscopy is an endoscopic procedure performed by an otolaryngologist ( Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist) for the purpose of viewing the structures inside the nose and sinuses. The procedure can be accomplished using either a flexible fiber optic endoscope or a rigid endoscope. A flexible fiber optic endoscope can more easily navigate tighter spaces due to it's typically smaller diameter, but requires both hands for operation. A rigid endoscope has traditionally offered superior image quality, and allows the physician to obtain tissue and culture samples as well as potentially perform surgery in some cases.

Properly caring for your endoscopic equipment is a key factor in reducing the risk of cross-contamination leading to infection due to microbial growth. A single scope can be used hundreds or even thousands of times each year. Your patients’ health and safety rely on your use of correct techniques to clean, disinfect, and sterilize your endoscopic equipment.

Appropriate cleaning can reduce up to 95% of all organic debris and micro-organisms present on the endoscopes. Failure to remove organic matter, such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, chemical salts, and other substances found in blood or mucous, could prevent the disinfectant from being able to function correctly, or even cause the instrument channels in the endoscope to become blocked and not function correctly.

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