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Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure used to evaluate the interior surfaces of an organ by inserting a small scope in the body, often but not necessarily through a natural body opening. Endoscopes include the upper gastrointestinal endoscope (for the esophagus, stomach and duodenum), the colonoscope (for the colon), and the bronchoscope (for the bronchial tubes).

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Speedy Scope enables patients (who qualify) to schedule their colonoscopies without having to be seen in our office prior to their procedure. This convenient medical screening procedure will not only help patients miss just ONE day of work but more importantly it will reduce the risks of colon cancer.
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The endoscopic procedure

The endoscope itself is a thin, lighted, flexible fiberoptic tube with a built-in video camera used to visualize the interior of a hollow organ or a body canal. With fiber-optics, much more maneuverable instruments can reach formerly inaccessible sites, while causing much less discomfort. Through the scope, our surgical specialist is able to see the lesions that are responsible for your patient’s symptoms. Attachments can take tissue samples, excise polyps and small tumors, and remove foreign objects.

While viewing the procedure on a video screen, Dr. Rod Rodriguez can operate through the endoscope with various other small, precise instruments. Many endoscopic procedures are relatively painless and only associated with mild discomfort, though patients are sedated for most procedures

What do we use endoscopy for?

The specific area of the body treated determines the type of endoscopy performed. At North Georgia Surgery, we utilize endoscopy to visualize and collect specimens from:

  • The esophagus, stomach and duedenum: esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • The small intestine: enteroscopy
  • The colon: colonoscopy
  • The sigmoid colon: proctosigmoidoscopy

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