when do you need private endoscopy


An endoscopy procedure often scares the living world out of anyone because of its invasive technique. Nobody likes to swallow a big endoscope tube, even with sedation. It’s scary more than the actual medical condition itself.

If you plan to choose between public or private treatment, I’d strongly suggest you opt for private endoscopy. As a patient, you need to be mentally prepared for the treatment, the aftermath of treatment, including irritation in your throat, stomach, intestine, or a mild infection after the endoscopy.

A private medical centre gives assurance to their patients, and they explain the procedure before performing the endoscopy. The endoscopic specialists make sure you do not feel any level of discomfort during the procedure.

What is an endoscopy & when do you need it?

An endoscopy is a procedure where a long, thin, flexible tube with a camera attached to the tip of it is inserted into the patient’s mouth. The inner walls and linings of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, duodenum, liver, rectum and a few rare cases gallbladders are studied.

An Endoscopic procedure comes in handy when a disease can’t be diagnosed and treated precisely, especially when a patient has persistent pain in the abdominal region, pancreas, gallbladder, small and large intestine, or other symptoms including ulcers, nausea, or difficulty in swallowing.

The symptoms usually include excruciating pain in the stomach or intestinal areas. Other symptoms include persistent heartburn, ulcer, and pain, Gastroesophageal reflux, nausea and vomiting, difficulty swallowing, indigestion, and narrowing of ducts in the esophagus and gallbladder.

Types of endoscopic procedures

A private endoscopy procedure is of different types; depending upon the symptoms you have, the type of endoscopy may vary.

Private medical care has extensive endoscopic methods, advanced technology,  experienced endoscopic specialists, and intensive treatments.

A few of the endoscopic procedures are as follows :

  • Upper endoscopy or GI endoscopy – This method is performed to examine the upper digestive system, esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.
  • Colonoscopy – This endoscopy is performed to observe and examine Rectum and large intestine.
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – ERCP is performed to diagnose any blockage or narrow ducts in the pancreas, liver, and gallbladder. It’s an advanced endoscopy method compared to other types.
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – In this, an ultrasound image is taken side by side to determine any abnormal tissue growth in the stomach, GI, esophagus, pancreas, or liver.

Why book an appointment for a private endoscopy?

A private endoscopy provides numerous facilities, care, flexibility, and your choice of an endoscopic specialist. So why not choose a private endoscopy treatment which is favorable and beneficial for you rather than a public endoscopy.

A private endoscopy service also provides fast and no wait times for your appointments. They give your results in just three days. So choosing private endoscopy has a lot of perks.

You will be reassured with maximum comfort and care before performing the procedure, given medications after the procedure for sore throats, irritation, or pain in the stomach.

These are the advantages of choosing a private endoscopy method, but in the end, you are entitled to choose which works for you the best.

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Author: Dr. Sarmed Sami MBChB, MRCP, PGCME, PhD
Consultant Gastroenterologist, Founder and Director of Digestive Health UK.

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