An endoscopy is the most effective means of diagnostics as a preventive measure or to clarify acute or chronic gastrointestinal disorders. To be able to do a visual examination of the respective mucous membrane, a flexible device (endoscope) is used that will also allow to take tissue samples. If suspicious areas or neoplasms, such as adenoids, are detected, the tissue samples will then be examined.
Highly specialized and experienced colleagues (gastroenterologists) from clinics and research will carry out the examination. In most cases, patients will be under light anesthesia ("sleeping") during the examination, and PKD expressively emphasizes that this will always happen in presence of an anesthesiologist. This will guarantee you as a patient a particularly high level of safety during and after the examination.
Right afterwards, you and the physician referring you to us will get a written report on the findings. About a week later, you will also get the results of the tissue examination ("biopsy") wherein you will find the final recommendations for further treatment.
You will be informed in detail about the procedure, the necessary preparations from your part and possible risks of the examination beforehand.
This examination figures among the most important preventive procedures, together with clarifying undefined abdominal pain, bleedings or persisting anomalies in the stool. The examination with the device ("colonoscope") is done through the anus and used to check the whole colon and the last parts of the small intestine.
As an active preventive measure, this can be done to directly remove possible adenoids (usually benign ones). This, in particular, makes colonoscopy an important procedure as these adenoids might later become responsible for malignant tumors.
The examination takes about 20-45 minutes and will begin after cleansing your bowels completely. When briefing you in detail about the procedure in advance, you will get all the information particularly referring to this as well as the laxatives necessary to get prepared.