What is Therapeutic Procedure?
Therapeutic endoscopy is a well-known procedure for the treatment of problems related to the upper gastrointestinal tract like the small intestine, stomach, and mouth. This procedure is commonly known as upper GI endoscopy. The procedure is different from diagnostic endoscopy as there aim of the procedure is to view parts of the urinary or respiratory tract.
Therapeutic endoscopy helps treat the following:
- Lung cancer
- Mouth cancer
- Oesophageal stricture
- Stomach cancer
- Removing benign
- Provide nutrition to patients who are facing difficulty to eat
How is therapeutic endoscopy done?
The procedure takes a minimum of half an hour. Health care specialists might give you sedatives for relaxing or apply an anesthetic on your throat’s back. Anesthesia will numb the area when the procedure will be conducted.To protect your teeth a small mouth guard will be placed.
An endoscope (flexible tube) is inserted into the back of the throat which makes its way to the stomach. During the procedure, you will be asked to swallow many times. The endoscope finally passes into the duodenum.
In this procedure, you will not face any breathing difficulties but you might get a retching sensation. The consultant might also perform a biopsy and collect photographs for the treatment. After the procedure is done successfully the endoscope is removed carefully.
What happens after therapeutic endoscopy?
Generally in the case of sedative patients recovers in an hour. Normal bloating you might experience for a few hours. When the local anesthetic’s impact is over you can get back to normal eating and drinking.
Some other symptoms you might experience like: dry mouth, sore throat after the procedure is over. You can do gargles to get relief from it. No serious risk is associated with the procedure and after it; you can get back to your normal routine.
Some risks associated with therapeutic endoscopy:
- Teeth damage
- Not successful completion of the procedure
- Some allergy because of medicine used or sedative
- Sore throat