Why Do You Need an Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a specialized medical procedure where the doctor uses specialized instruments, known as endoscopes, for viewing the internal organs of the body, specifically the gastrointestinal tract. The endoscope may also be used in treating certain medical conditions. Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is the preferred way of diagnosing and treating a number of diseases, as the procedure is considered non-invasive and can be performed with less risk to the patient.

Tube Endoscopy and Video Capsule Endoscopy

The major kinds of endoscopes used today include the endoscope that is used during a scheduled procedure and the capsule endoscope.   The video capsule endoscopy is a major technological breakthrough in the field of medicinal endoscopy. The traditional method of endoscopy used a long and thin tube to enter into the body. This lighted tube had a camera and a LED light attached to the end for visualizing the inner channel of the body. The endoscope is passed through the body through the oral or the rectal opening and the images captured by the endoscope’s camera are transferred to the computer monitor. Video capsule endoscopy, on the other hand, is a capsule device size and shape of a vitamin pill. The patient simply ingests this pill that has a camera as well as LED light. The capsule also has a wireless transmitter through which the images are transferred to a portable receiver, which the patient carries with him/her in the pocket or in a belt over a 12-hour period.

Upper Endoscopy

The endoscope is passed through the oral cavity of the mouth and via the throat and esophagus of the patient. The doctor can examine the stomach, esophagus as well as the beginning of the small intestine during an upper endoscopy.

Rectal Endoscopy

The lighted tube endoscope can also be passed through the rectum and can be used for diagnosing the colon or the large intestine of the human body. This endoscopy procedure is also called as Colonoscopy or Sigmoidoscopy.

Video Capsule Endoscopy

Video capsule endoscopy is a very convenient method of diagnosing the GI tract with no need for sedatives or anesthetic. Internal diagnostic procedures that cannot be performed through Colonoscopy and other endoscopic measures can be performed capsule endoscopy. For instance, capsule endoscopy can diagnose a wide portion of small intestine, can deduce reasons of related bleeding, and also deduce disorders which other endoscopy procedure may fail to do. Capsule endoscopy is hence especially useful in cases of Crohn’s disease, for locating ulcers/tumors/polyps within the small intestine, for deducing iron deficiency, for diagnosing the informatory bowel disease, and for diagnosing bleeding that occurs due to unexplained reasons. The Stratis MiroCam video capsule endoscopy system is one of the highest-quality endoscopy systems available today that allows the physicians to increase their diagnostic yields with patients that are having these studies.

Comprehensive uses of Endoscopy and Video Capsule Endoscopy

Video capsule endoscopy is a widely preferred way of diagnosing as well as treating certain illnesses, because of their non-invasive and safe character and application. An endoscopy may by recommended by a physician for the following reasons.

1.  Endoscopy may help your doctor to determine the actual and real causes of the abnormal symptoms that you may be having.

2. The doctor may also obtain a small tissue sample known as a biopsy which may help in predicting the actual cause of a symptom.

3. The doctor may also use an endoscope while performing a surgical treatment and procedure. For instance, the endoscopes may be used to remove a tumor or gallstones and may also treat ulcers found in the stomach.

Symptom-related use of Endoscopy

Doctors may order an endoscopy test for you, including capsule endoscopy, when you have symptoms related to the following medical conditions.

  • Pancreatitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases including Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Gallstones
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • A bleeding within the digestive tract with no clear reason
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Blood that accompanies urine
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • A blockage within the esophagus cavity and region
  • Other conditions and issues related to the digestive tract

Endoscopy is often performed when the physician closely examines all the symptoms of the patient. The patient may also have to undergo a physical examination that is performed by the doctor and may be required to undergo a certain clinical test as well. Video Capsule Endoscopy is an entirely safe medical procedure and does require even a hospital stay. A leading video capsule endoscopy manufacturer and provider can be trusted for a video capsule endoscopy system.