What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy is a medical procedure in which a physician, usually a gastroenterologist, inserts a thin, long and flexible tube down a patient’s upper digestive system to examine the esophagus, small intensive and stomach.
A variety of symptoms may prompt an individual to get an endoscopy, including:
- Trouble swallowing
Why are endoscopies important to healthcare?
Endoscopies are important to healthcare because they let physicians examine the digestive tract without performing surgery. These procedures can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, leading to a better quality of life for many patients. Endoscopies can also provide valuable information to help healthcare providers and patients prevent certain conditions.