An endoscopy procedure is a procedure used to examine a patient’s digestive tract. An Endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube that can be inserted either through the mouth (upper endoscopy or upper GI) or through the rectum (lower GI).
This flexible tube has a light and camera at the end of it that transmits a live image of your digestive tract on a color TV so that your doctor can look for abnormalities like inflamed tissue, bleeding, unusual growths, or other conditions. This procedure is also preformed to aid early detection of diseases, such as colon cancer. Endoscopies can be performed for many different reasons.
Non-robotic minimally invasive surgery (endoscopic)
Non-robotic minimally invasive surgery is also known as endoscopic surgery. You also may be familiar with terms like laparoscopic surgery, thoracoscopic surgery, or “keyhole” surgery. These are minimally invasive procedures that utilize an endoscope to reach internal organs through very small incisions.
During endoscopic surgery the surgeon inserts a thin, flexible tube with a video camera through a small incision or a natural orifice like the mouth or nostrils. The tube has a channel to utilize tiny surgical instruments, which the surgeon uses while viewing the organs on a computer monitor.
This technique allows the surgeon to see inside the patient’s body and operate through a much smaller incision than would otherwise be required of traditional open surgery.
The benefits of endoscopic surgical procedures can include: