What is an endoscope?

What is an endoscope?

Every “oscopy” - whether it's a gastroscopy, colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy - is carried out using an instrument called an endoscope.

An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and camera at one end that enables the Consultant to look inside your body and see real-time images on a screen in the clinic. An endoscope can be inserted through your mouth and down the throat – or via your bottom. It all depends which part of your body the problem is in.

Additionally, an endoscope is used in keyhole surgery. For example, in the case of surgery to repair a hernia (gastro-intestinal), the endoscope is passed into the body, via a small cut made in the skin, and then instrument used to actually make the repair is put inside the body through the endoscope.

Keyhole surgery means your Consultant can operate without having to make large cuts and this form of surgery helps reduce the time it takes for healing to take place afterwards.

The endoscope is also used when a biopsy is taken from inside the body. The forceps that take the sample are passed into the body, again via the endoscope, and the surgeon then removes small samples of tissue for it to be looked at more closely.

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Published on 30 July 2020