It Is Suitable For
· Those looking for a digestive tract screening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
· Those with concerns regarding abnormal stomach pain.
· Those with a family history of cancer detected in the digestive tract.
· Those who wish to undergo a thorough screening of the digestive tract.
· Those who wish to maintain a healthy stomach.
What is Endoscopy And Colonoscopy?
Digestive problems are common these days, which often include an upset stomach, gas, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea; many of the problems are not serious but if the symptoms persist, it can be a signal of serious illness. An Endoscopy session would be suggested to obtain a clearer picture of the problems.
Endoscopy or Gastroscopy is the examination of the upper parts of the digestive tract; the procedure aims to confirm or rule out the presence of medical conditions like stomach ulcers or gastritis. Moreover, it can sometimes be used to widen a narrowed esophagus that causes pain or swallowing difficulties. These kinds of conditions may be caused by GORD, oesophageal cancer, or radiotherapy to the esophagus.
Endoscopy is usually recommended to be done in combination with Colonoscopy to fully ensure a healthy digestive tract. Advanced technology has evolved to provide a very clear image of your mucosa through a video camera attached at the end of the thin and flexible tube. This test enables visual examination of the entire large bowel area from the distal rectum to the cecum. Screening for colorectal cancer is among the major indication for colonoscopy, where colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world. If necessary, removal of polyps or other types of abnormalities can be done through the scope during treatment for further determination of the condition.
How It Works
Endoscopy or Gastroscopy examines the upper digestive system including the oesophagus, stomach, and first part of the duodenum.
Colonoscopy is an examination of the lower digestive system which includes the large bowel until the end of the small bowel called terminal ileum.
An endoscope would be used as the tool to observe the conditions. Prior to the procedure and insertion of the flexible long tube with a camera from the mouth down into the digestive tract, you would be administered sedation and pain-alleviating medications for relaxation and a comfortable experience. Note that this will not interfere with your breathing.
Procedure for Endoscopy And Colonoscopy
1. Consultation and examination of your condition by the internal medicine specialist
2. You will be informed with instructions to cleanse your digestive tract for a few days prior to the appointment date
3. Sedation or anesthesia will be given before the insertion of the endoscope
4. Insertion of the endoscope will be done for the observation
5. Any bleeding site will be examined thoroughly
6. A biopsy will be done on abnormal tissue seen for closer examination
Advantages and Limitations of Endoscopy And Colonoscopy
· Safe procedure
· Effective tools
· Treats various gastrointestinal disorders
· Minimizes morbidity and mortality
· Possible risks like infection, bleeding, and reaction to sedation
Endoscopy And Colonoscopy Pre and Post Care
· You will be asked to clean out your colon by either following a special diet, take a laxative, using an enema kit, or adjust your medication
· Ensure someone will drive you home after the treatment
· Walking may help relieve any discomfort when you feel bloated
· Eat small meals that consist of soft and easily digestible food like soups, eggs, puddings and etc for a couple of days
Q1: Is this examination really necessary?
A1: A grape-like growth or polyps in your colon or rectum is usually common in adults and harmless. However, if you have had family history or grown polyps for a while now, then this test is necessary.
Q2: How old should I be for this?
A2: It is recommended for those with average-risk to get their first colonoscopy at the age of 50.
Q3: I am 38 years old and if my mother had passed away due to colon cancer when she was 50, should I start go for colonospy now?
A3: Since you are a first-degree relative to your mother who had colon cancer at age 50, you should start screening 20 to 10 years younger than her age. Now is also a good age to go for screening.
Q4: Is it possible to check whether the polyp is cancerous or benign?
A4: Usually polyps are common and benign. However, if any tests are necessary, biopsies of polyps will be sent to determine whether they are cancerous or not.
[Clinic Name] Sunway Medical Centre
[Location] Selangor, Malaysia
[Nearest Station/ Nearest Tourist Destination] Near SBL Sunu-Monash and Sunway Lagoon
[Clinic Opening Time] Monday to Friday (8:30AM - 5:30PM), Saturday (8:30AM - 1:00PM)