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Digestive endoscopy

Endoscopy consists of looking at the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first section of the small intestine) with an endoscope for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes. An endoscope is a flexible tube-shaped instrument with a lens on one end and a camera that is inserted through the mouth. The images obtained are transferred to monitor or stored for analysis. It is a short examination that can help detect disease in these organs and may also be used to take samples and administer treatments.

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Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is indicated when your doctor needs to know whether the disease is present in the organs under study; for instance, in case of symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, heartburn or stomach ache.  Aside from looking at possible lesions, endoscopy allows your doctor to take a biopsy in order to analyze the cells.  It also allows the doctor to stop bleeding by injecting drugs or through electrocoagulation, to treat esophageal varices, remove polyps, dilate narrow areas by introducing different types of stents, removing foreign objects or impacted food, among others.

Because the Digestive Endoscopy Unit at Hospitales San Roque is equipped with the most sophisticated material, we are able to offer state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Because the Unit has its own dedicated anesthesiologist, these procedures can be performed under deep sedation, so that the patient is asleep during the time it takes to perform the tests and can go back to their normal lives afterward.  

In addition to basic diagnostic procedures such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, ileoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, the Unite regularly  performs various therapeutic procedures such as pneumatic dilatation or dilation using bougies; ligation of esophageal varices; treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding; resection surgery for polyps; removing bile duct stones and attaching prostheses; and implanting intragastric balloon in order to control morbid obesity. 

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