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What happens during an endoscopy?

During an endoscopy the patient will be properly sedated, and then the endoscope is inserted. In this video, Kesha Culbertson, RN, of Riverside Community Hospital, explains what doctors will examine, depending on the procedure type.
An endoscopy is a nonsurgical way to look at the gastrointestinal tract. The process involves using a flexible scope, which includes a camera with a light attached to it, to image a person's esophagus, stomach, intestines or colon. Patients are generally sedated prior to the procedure, and the doctor uses the endoscope to take pictures as well as take samples, if needed.

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