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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: 

  • Pain 
  • Bleeding 
  • Nausea  
  • Vomiting 
  • 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.