The procedure of endoscopic surgery is distinguished by the fact that it uses scopes which go through natural body openings or small incisions to aid in the diagnosis or treatment of a particular disease. Another popular term for endoscopic surgery is minimally invasive surgery. Although still not as common as traditional forms, this form of diagnosis and treatment is gradually gaining in popularity amongst patients and doctors alike owing to the beneficial features accorded by it.
In endoscopic surgery, a doctor inserts an endoscope through mouth or a small incision( an endoscope is a flexible tube attached with a camera that allows a doctor to visually examine a patient’s inside organs. The doctor can then use forceps or scissors attached on the endoscope for operating or removing tissues etc.
Before an endoscopic surgery
Doctors generally advise people to follow standard practices before undergoing an endoscopic surgery, some of which are,
- Generally the patient is required to fast for up to 12 years before endoscopy
- Doctors also provide laxatives or enemas to use the nigh before the surgery
- If required, a person might have to stop taking certain pre existing medications
Advantages of endoscopic surgery
- Quicker recovery times
- Minimal Pain and discomfort
- Less body scars
- In some instances, no need for anesthesia