Did you know? Parkview Medical Center offers endoscopic procedures to help evaluate and diagnose common intestinal issues including colitis, IBS, abdominal pain and more. What does this mean for you? Patients in Pueblo and the surrounding communities can find advanced care, close to home, which can help make their everyday life happier, healthier and more comfortable.
What is Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is an outpatient medical procedure where doctors look inside your body using an “endoscope,” or a tubular medical instrument, to examine the interior of organs and cavities.
Depending on the procedure, patients can be fully conscious or anesthetized, but for the more common procedures like colonoscopy or gastroenterology, patients are put under so they don’t feel a thing.
Endoscopy is commonly used in the following ways:
- Examining the gastrointestinal tract (including organs and cavities like the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum).
- Examining the respiratory tract (including the nose and lower respiratory tract).
- Examining the urinary tract.
- Examining the female reproductive system (including the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes).
How Can Endoscopy Help Me?
Endoscopy is most commonly used for doctors to investigate a patient’s severe symptoms, to confirm or disprove a diagnosis, perform a biopsy, or to deliver some treatments.
If you have severe symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing and more, doctors can prescribe endoscopic procedures to aid in your treatment.
In addition, scheduling a colonoscopy about every 10 years from age 50 forward can help detect cancer early on, opening up treatment options for patients with precancerous polyps, if needed. Learn more about scheduling your colonoscopy.