Endoscopy is a test that looks inside the body. The endoscope is a flexible tube that can be swallowed. It has a camera and light inside it. Some doctors call it a telescope. You can have this test as an outpatient. It is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure used to evaluate the interior surfaces of an organ by inserting a small scope in the body through a natural body opening. Through the scope, the doctor is able to see lesions, ulcers and polyps and if needed, can also take biopsies.
Many endoscopic procedures are relatively painless and only associated with mild discomfort, though patients are sedated for most procedures. Procedures that are commonly preformed at South Seminole Hospital's Endoscopy Department include the following:
- Esophogeal Dilation
- Argon Plasma Coagulation Therapy