Gastroscopy or upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is a procedure to visualise the inside of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). It involves the use of a thin flexible tube called an endoscope that is inserted through the mouth to reach the intestines. The endoscope contains a camera and light source to provide a clear magnified view of these structures. Instruments may be inserted through the endoscope to carry out certain procedures.
Advanced endoscopy is used to diagnose and treat certain conditions of the gastrointestinal tract that may not be identified or treated using routine endoscopy.
A colonoscopy is a procedure to examine the colon or large intestine using a long narrow tube called a colonoscope which contains a tiny camera and a light source. Clear, magnified images of the colon are displayed on a monitor for careful examination.
Laparoscopy is a procedure that enables your surgeon to look inside the abdominal cavity and pelvis to diagnose and treat a variety of abnormal conditions. A laparoscope is a long, narrow telescope with a light source and video camera at the end. The scope is passed through a tiny incision into the abdomen where images from the camera are projected onto a large monitor for the surgeon to view the abdominal cavity.