Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure that is used to examine the throat, stomach and digestive tract. The Consultant General Surgeon at Ibn Nafees Medical Center, Dr. Bayan Mohammed, has extensive experience in all types of endoscopy, and performs EGD (endoscopy of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum), colonoscopy (endoscopy of the large intestine, the colon) and sigmoidoscopy (endoscopy of the end loop of the colon).
An endoscope is a flexible tube, about as thick as the little finger, with a light and a tiny camera, allowing the doctor to examine and diagnose a problem. If any abnormal tissue is found, biopsies are taken during the endoscopy. In the case of small benign polyps, this can even mean their complete removal, which means the problem itself is treated at the same time. An endoscopy may be used to examine stomach pain, bleeding, and check for signs of colon cancer.
The doctor will provide you with complete instructions to help you prepare for an endoscopy should you need one.