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In this section, we have leaflets for the Endoscopy department. Please only read the materials on the advice of your clinician.

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Click to download the ERCP leaflet


Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio- Pancreatography (ERCP) is an examination that is performed using both endoscopy (a flexible telescope to look inside your gut) and X-Ray. It is used mainly to diagnose and treat conditions which affect the bile duct which is the part of your body that drains your bile from the liver into your small bowel. Sometimes the pancreatic duct, which drains digestive juices from the pancreas into the small bowel, is also examined ... read more

Click to download the Flexible Sigmoidoscopy leaflet

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

A sigmoidoscopy is a test to examine the lining of your sigmoid colon. This is the lower part of your colon, also called your bowel or large intestine ... read more

Click to download the Having a Colonoscopy leaflet

Having a Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a test that allows the Endoscopist to directly inspect the inner lining of the colon (large intestine). This is done using an instrument called a colonoscope, which is carefully passed through the anus into the large intestine. The colonoscope is a long flexible tube, about the thickness of your index finger, with a bright light at its tip. The video camera on the colonoscope transmits images of the inside of the colon to a monitor allowing the Endoscopist to examine the lining of the colon for any disease or abnormalities ... read more

Click to download the Having a Gastroscopy (OGD) leaflet

Having a Gastroscopy (OGD)

A Gastroscopy is an examination that will allow us to look directly at the lining of the oesophagus (the gullet), the stomach and around the first bend of the small intestine or the duodenum ... read more

Click to download the Having an Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) leaflet

Having an Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

There are potentially lots of reasons for wanting to do an EUS. It is extremely good at showing the fine detail and depth of polyps and other abnormal areas within the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. Sometimes this helps to plan surgery or other treatments. It can also be used to take biopsies or fine-needle aspirates (FNA) of surrounding glands, or from adjacent organs such as the pancreas. Sometimes it can be used to drain cysts or administer nerve blocks for pain relief ... read more

Click to download the Having an Oesophageal Dilatation leaflet

Having an Oesophageal Dilatation

Oesophageal dilatation is where the stricture (narrowing) of your oesophagus (gullet) is stretched to improve your swallowing. This is done by using a special catheter (long, thin tube) with a balloon attached which expands the narrowing to make it easier for you to swallow ... read more

Click to download the Oesophageal Stent leaflet

Oesophageal Stent

An oesophageal stent is a fabric covered metal mesh tube inserted down the oesophagus and across the blockage. It is passed by mouth into the oesophagus and positioned across the area that has narrowed. It gently expands to hold the narrowing in your oesophagus open and allows fluid and foods to pass down to the stomach more easily ... read more