What is Endoscopy?

There are many different endoscopy procedures, including but not limited to colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and upper endoscopy (EGD). Most involve inserting a flexible endoscope into the mouth or the anus, and guiding it through the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) while a camera attached to the endoscope’s tip records pictures. An appropriate doctor can then examine the images for signs of health diseases, as they would have been able to do if during open surgery or another procedure more invasive than most endoscopies. Below is a list of endoscopy procedures that your gastroenterologist (GI doctor) may perform. Contact a GI doctor to find out which test is right for your medical condition.

What Are Some Endoscopy Procedures My GI Doctor Can Do?



Reviewed 12/29/2011 by David M. Nolan, M.D.
Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, 2011
Currently a Fellow of Gastroenterology, at UCI 2011-2014