Endoscopy

Our newly expanded JAG accredited Endoscopy Unit is located on the second floor of Beacon Hospital.

Endoscopy is a procedure which allows your Consultant to use specialised instruments to view and / or operate on the internal organs and vessels in your body. It allows your Consultant to view problems within your body in a minimally invasive way, without making any large incisions.

Your Consultant inserts an endoscope through a natural opening in the body such as the mouth, nostrils or back passage. An endoscope is a flexible tube with a camera at the end which allows your Consultant to see the internal area under examination. Your Consultant can then use specialised tools on the endoscope to operate or to remove tissue samples for biopsy.

Your GP may have referred you for endoscopy to allow a Specialist Consultant to visually examine one, or more, of your internal organs. The endoscope has a camera with lighting system which allows your Consultant to see any potential problems clearly without the need for making unnecessary large incisions. The camera feeds a screen in the Endoscopy Suite which allows your Consultant to see exactly what the endoscope sees.

Endoscopies

There are different types of endoscopies, depending on the area you need examined;
  • Bronchoscopy

    A bronchoscopy is a procedure which allows your consultant to examine your lungs and air passage. During a bronchoscopy, a tiny tube is passed through your nose or mouth, past your throat and into your lungs.

    Sometimes during a bronchoscope, your Consultant may take samples of mucus or tissue from your lungs.

  • Colonoscopy

    A colonoscopy is an exam used to detect abnormalities or changes in the large intestine, or colon, and the rectum. During this procedure, you will usually be under sedation.

    A long flexible tube will be inserted into your back passage. A tiny camera at the tip of this tube allows your Consultant to see inside your intestine. From this, your Consultant will be able to decide if any further investigations, biopsies or treatment may be required.

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (OGD)

    A Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, or OGD, is used to examine the upper part of the digestive tract. Most patients chose to be sedated for this procedure.

    Once sedated, a long flexible tube will be inserted into your mouth and down the oesophagus. A camera at the tip of this allows your Consultant to examine all areas of the upper digestive system.

    During this procedure, some small biopsies may be taken for analysis in the lab. You will not feel these being taken. Once complete, the tube will be removed and you will be taken to the recovery area while you awake from your sedation

  • Reteroscopy

    This is used to examine your ureter. The endoscope will be inserted in through the hole through which your urinate (your urethra).

Diagnosis

If your Consultant suspects that an area of your body or an organ is damaged, infected or cancerous they may order an endoscopic biopsy. This is when a small forceps on the endoscopic tube removes a small tissue sample from the area for testing in the lab.

The results of this endoscopy and biopsy will help to give your Consultant a better understanding of the possible cause of your symptoms and help them to determine the best course of treatment, if any, is necessary. The sample removed during your endoscopy will be sent to our laboratory for examination.

Results and What’s Next

Where your Consultant can diagnose any issue from the endoscopy alone, they may give you your results following the procedure. Where laboratory analysis is needed on a sample taken, a member of our team will be in contact in the days after your procedure to discuss your results and advise you on follow up, if necessary. 

Where follow up and treatment may be required, your Consultant will discuss this with you and may call in other Consultants to assist with your treatment, depending on the results.

Beacon Hospital’s Endoscopy Department is supported by our full service hospital giving you access to whatever specialists you may need following a result requiring further treatment.

Contact:

Beacon Hospital Endoscopy