Endoscopy and Colonoscopy

General Surgical InvestigationGeneral Surgeons receive a diverse and extensive surgical training much of which is directed towards diseases and dysfunction of the Gastrointestinal tract the investigation and treatment of which is the mainstay of General Surgical prectice. In the UK, general surgical and transplant training also involves training in upper and lower gastrointestinal surgical surgery (including gallstone disease, hernia surgery and the management of peri-anal conditions) as well as extensive experience in vascular surgery (including varicose veins), breast disease, endocrine / thyroid surgery and cancer management..

Some patients present with more subtle symptoms such as abdominal pain, change in bowel habit, weight loss or heartburn and most commonly are referred to the general surgeon who will take a full and thorough history, arrange approriate tests, perform telescopic investigations of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract (Endoscopy and Colonoscopy) to look directly into the bowel and if necessary to take biopsies for microscopic analysis. This part of general surgical practice is called surgical gastroenterology.

Patients with non-specific symptoms, need to be fully examined and investigated to reach a specific diagnosis which thereafter may or may not need surgical treatment. In many cases, careful history taking and appropriate investigations can enable the patient to avoid actual surgery as these days today many abdominal conditions can be treated with medication alone.

Colonoscopy and Endoscopy

The use of a small flexible telescope equipped with a camera and bright light allows the surgeon to look directly into intestine to diagnose diseases. When this is performed in the gullet, stomach and duodenum, it is referred to as "Endoscopy" or "Gastroscopy" and when it is used to study the bowel and colon it is referred to as "Colonoscopy" or "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy" depending on the part of the bowel that is being studied.

The procedure is usually performed as a day case / amulatory procedure. We prefer to use light sedation for all procedures (unless patients request otherwise) which we have found to be more acceptable for patients. Endoscopy usually takes less than 10 minutes to complete however Colonoscopy can take a little longer.

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