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At Chandler Regional, we use the latest diagnostic equipment for colonoscopy and endoscopy to diagnose and treat a variety of digestive health problems such as colon cancer, ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
During an endoscopic procedure, you will on lay on your side on an examination table. An endoscope is carefully fed down the esophagus and into the stomach. A small camera mounted on the endoscope transmits a video image to a video monitor, allowing close examination of the intestinal lining. Air is pumped through the endoscope to inflate the stomach making it easier to see.
Special tools that slide through the endoscope allow the doctor to perform biopsies, stop bleeding, and remove abnormal growths. Before an upper endoscopy, you may receive a local, liquid anesthetic which you will gargle or your doctor will spray on the back of the throat. The anesthetic numbs your throat and calms the gag reflex. An intravenous (IV) needle is placed in a vein in your arm if you will receive a sedative. Sedatives help you remain relaxed and comfortable.
For more information about colonoscopy or endoscopy test or to find a gastroenterologist, please call 480.728.5414, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.