What is the difference between Laparoscopy, Endoscopy, and Colonoscopy?
Many patients have some confusion about the differences between these terms. Here, you can learn more about each:
- A gastric endoscopy procedure examines the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine (duodenum). The endoscope is inserted orally. However, “endoscopy” may also be used as a general term to classify any type of procedure utilizing an endoscope, including both laparoscopy and colonoscopy.
- Colonoscopies utilize an endoscope inserted through the rectum to examine the colon and the large intestine. The main application is to screen for colorectal cancer and to perform biopsies and polyp removals.
- Laparoscopic procedures can also be known as “keyhole” surgeries. Several small incisions are made in the abdomen to allow for the insertion of the laparoscope camera and surgical tools, offering a minimally invasive procedure compared to open procedure. Tristate NYBG not only offers laparoscopic surgery, but also, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS). Available for certain procedures, including the lap-band and sleeve gastrectomy, this is a virtually scarless technique offering reduced pain and recovery time.
What should I expect before the Procedure?
The details of your procedure will of course differ depending on what procedure you’re actually undergoing, and your surgeon will provide you with more detailed instructions. General guidelines may include no food or drink for 6-8 hours prior to your procedure, and the usage of a laxative prep prior to a colonoscopy to clear out your colon.
Anesthesia is required and will be administered by a board certified anesthesiologist. Endoscopy procedures do not require overnight hospital stays and are performed on an outpatient basis. Mild side effects to endoscopy may be sore or dry throats, gas, or bloating. Risk of complication is minimal, but may include punctures, perforations, infection, and internal bleeding.
Why Should I Choose Tristate NYBG?
Tristate NYBG is a nationally renowned bariatric clinic. We are the only local bariatric clinic with an in-house endoscopy suite which is AAAASF and state certified.
As a patient, this offers you a number of benefits. Our surgical team will be able to offer quick diagnosis and treatment for potential post-surgery problems. As opposed to being referred to gastroenterologists who have little experience with the anatomy of those who have had bariatric surgery, you’ll be examined by our highly experienced surgical team. An in-house endoscopy suite also offers more convenient and efficient service and treatment for you.
Visit the Tristate NYBG Endoscopy Suite
Our AAAASF certified endoscopy suite is another great reason you can be confident in choosing Tristate NYBG. Schedule an appointment by calling 800.633.8446. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or provide you with further information on how we can help.