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Endoscopy Procedures at Centegra

Endoscopy is a general name for procedures that use a tiny camera at the end of a flexible instrument to examine hollow organs of the body, such as the bladder, the stomach, the colon, or the lungs. This gives a physician a more precise idea of what is causing your pain, discomfort, bleeding or other symptoms. Endoscopes can also be used for screening examinations such as colonoscopies.

Physicians use endoscopy to diagnose and treat many different diseases, including:

  • Cancer
  • Precancerous polyps
  • Gastrointestinal disorders

Endoscopy is often the only way to see inside your body, even with advances in medical imaging. The endoscopy of a colon, for example, can provide early cancer detection, diagnosis, staging (seeing how advanced a cancer is), and ultimately determine treatment.

Before, During, and After Your Endoscopy Procedure

Your primary physician will refer you to Centegra for endoscopy based on your symptoms. A specialist on the medical staff at Centegra will perform your endoscopy and provide you information about the recommended procedure and how to prepare for it.

Endoscopy procedures involve:

  • BEFORE THE PROCEDURE: Fasting, liquid diet, or special diet
  • DURING THE PROCEDURE: Medication to ensure your comfort

Endoscopy is usually performed in an outpatient setting and most patients are discharged home within three to four hours of their scheduled arrival time.

Endoscopies of the colon, lungs, and stomach take place at Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock.