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Endoscopy

What is it?

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where a specialised camera is introduced into hollow organs, allowing visual inspection and some procedures to be performed without the need for full surgery. It can be used to both treat and diagnose illnesses.

What is it used for?

  • Respiratory tract

    • Removal of foreign bodies from nose/ throat/ windpipe

    • Visualisation of airway disease and biopsy

  • Gastrointestinal tract

    • Visualisation of motility disorders i.e. regurgitation

    • Biopsy

    • Foreign-body removal

  • Arthroscopy (joints)

    • Removal of bone/ cartilage fragments from arthritic joints

  • Ears

    • Biopsy of tumours affecting the ear

    • Foreign body removal

    • Removal of inflammatory material in middle ear disease

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Benefits

  • Less surgically invasive

  • Real-time images can be taken with the ability to record the procedure and take still images

  • Fast recovery

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