What is an endoscopy?


An endoscopy is a procedure involving the use of a long thin tube with a camera and light, that is inserted into your organs through the throat or through the body if you are having keyhole surgery.

An endoscopy will enable Professor Aftab Ala to investigate the cause of any problems you are suffering from and to enable certain surgeries to be performed.






Why would I have an endoscopy?

An endoscopy will be advised if you are suffering from symptoms such as:

  • Problems swallowing
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Regular heartburn and indigestion
  • Passing blood

What happens during an endoscopy?

Before the procedure you will need to refrain from eating or drinking several hours prior. The procedure itself can be uncomfortable but shouldn't be painful.

You will be awake for treatment but will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area of the body. The endoscopy will be completed within 45 minutes and you will be able to find out the results of the test on the day or at your next consultation.


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If you are suffering from the symptoms listed above and would like to see a gastroenterologist in Surrey, please get in touch to book a consultation with Professor Aftab Ala.

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