An endoscope is a specialized flexible tube with an attached camera that shows the work being done through a TV monitor. Your doctor can use forceps and scissors on the endoscope to operate or remove tissue.
A healthcare provider may use endoscopy for any of the following:
• Investigation of symptoms in the digestive system including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing and gastrointestinal bleeding.
• Confirmation of a diagnosis – most commonly by performing a biopsy to check for conditions such as anemia, bleeding, inflammation, and cancers of the digestive system.
• Giving treatment – such as cauterization of a bleeding vessel, widening a narrow esophagus, clipping off a polyp or removing a foreign object.